A diverter is a valve that has a single inlet and two outlets. Rather than open and close like most valves, a diverter valve alters the flow of water from one outlet to the other outlet. In terms of the clawfoot tub faucet, the diverter switches between the tub filler and a shower. The shower may be a stationary overhead showerhead or it may be a handheld shower. A second diverter, known as a handheld shower diverter, can be added to the clawfoot tub shower to provide the option of tub filler, stationary showerhead, and handshower.
One of our most frequently received questions is, "how do I add a shower to my clawfoot tub faucet?" Unfortunately, if the faucet does not have a shower diverter, it will not support a shower. If the faucet does have a shower diverter, the diverter’s likely function is to choose between spout and handheld shower. Sign of the Crab also offers faucets with a shower diverter that can be capped off so the customer can build the shower as their budget permits. However, even these faucets have a shower diverter (third) handle which makes the diverter easy to recognize.
If your faucet has a shower diverter, it will support a shower. If the faucet has a handshower but you want to convert it to a stationary shower, you will need to remove the handshower bracket from the faucet. A shower riser will be attached in its place. As I previously indicated, adding an overhead shower to a clawfoot tub faucet does not necessarily eliminate the option of a handheld shower. You simply need a second diverter. The first diverter switches between the tub filler and the shower. The second handheld shower diverter then switches between the stationary shower and the handheld shower.
Shower diverter and handheld shower diverter connections are not dictated by an industry standard. The presence of a shower diverter valve makes it likely that the clawfoot tub faucet will support a shower but the parts required to complete the conversion will depend on the clawfoot tub faucet. Check with Shop 4 Classics for help identifying the correct parts to complete the conversion from clawfoot tub faucet to clawfoot tub shower.