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jdclark1
when water comes out tub spout it also leaks out shower head

We just replace all the water supply lines in our house with pex and we have all new fixtures. In our bathtub we have a new KOHLER® Fairfax® Rite-Temp® shower valve, shower head and spout. When I turn on the water it comes out the spout like it is suppose to. When the water pressure is increased it starts to come out of the shower head as well. This problem occurs with the spout and shower head on or with just the pipe stubs only. All the parts are new. I flushed the system out before installing fixtures. Could the issue be my water pressure is to strong, If so how do I reduce it?

Thanks,
J.D.

johnjh2o
Re: when water comes out tub spout it also leaks out shower head

Most tub and shower valves will tell you NOT to use PEX between the faucet and spout. What happens is the ID of PEX is smaller then copper causing some water to backup to the shower head when turning on the spout with full volume. The other cause could be is that you have the faucet upside down.

John

jdclark1
Re: when water comes out tub spout it also leaks out shower head

The installation instruction did say whether or not Pex was permissible to use between the valve and the spout or the shower head. The valve is not upside down I am sure of that. I don't believe using the Pex was the issue because they make the diverter with a few different connections. One of which is pex on all four connections. I thank you for your response, but I don't believe that is the issue.

johnjh2o
Re: when water comes out tub spout it also leaks out shower head

I may be wrong but when I look at there valve for PEX I see PEX for the hot and cold only. Not for the spout & shower the have copper or threaded connections.

John

http://www.kohlerserviceparts.kohler.com/ServicePartsPage.aspx?DocumentID=5eca1ded7dcf4bff8a102eaf15d7b76c&ModelID=3aebaf9c60824906b9abd1697a9f14f0

canuk
Re: when water comes out tub spout it also leaks out shower head

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johnjh2o
Re: when water comes out tub spout it also leaks out shower head

Thanks Canuk I was trying to find that.

John

jdclark1
Re: when water comes out tub spout it also leaks out shower head

Thanks guys. Once you explained it a little more it makes complete sense. I guess I am going to have to open up the back of the wall and change out the pipes.

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