Are you vacationing or have you moved into a new house but can’t figure out how to turn on the shower? Then check out the 3 tips in this article. They will get you on the road to washing the traveling/moving day sweats away!

Here are 3 tips to help you turn on a shower

  1. For showers with three knobs, use the third knob to direct the water to the shower head. The other two are to change the temperature of the water.
  2. If the diverter valve is on top of the faucet, pull it
  3. If the diverter valve is underneath the faucet, pull it

Are you dying for a hot shower? Then nosedive right into this article! This is where you will find the easiest instructions for you to get your shower running.

Running shower head
Get your shower running in no time following the tips below!

Can’t Figure Out How to Turn On a Shower? Try These 3 Tips

Are you staying at a hotel where everything is foreign to you, especially the shower? Or perhaps you’ve just finished an exhausting day moving into your new place and can’t work out how to use the shower. Whatever the circumstances, you’re itching to get hosed down then belly flop into bed. That is, of course, if you can work out how on earth you can get the water running.

You could call someone and ask for help, but then you’d have to stop your favorite playlist, get dressed again, go downstairs. Oh, that’s way too much hassle! That’s why we’ve listed 3 tips that will help you get the water running through your shower head ASAP.

Tip 1: For Showers With Three Knobs

Are you facing a shower with three knobs? I get it, these tub-in-shower combos are confusing. It makes sense for there to be one knob for hot water, another for cold, but the third? What does that do?

Two out of three knobs in your shower are for temperature control. The third knob, however, should direct the water. Turning it one way should direct the water flow to the tub. Turning it the other should direct the water flow to the shower head.

These showers differ a lot, so any one of the three knobs could be for changing the water direction. I advise you to step out of the shower and try turning all three knobs. Once you’ve worked them out, you can enjoy a relaxing shower without fear of scalding or freeze burning your skin in the process!

Shower with three knobs
Turn the knob that directs the water flow to the shower head

Here’s how to turn on a shower with three knobs.

  1. Turn on each of the knobs one at a time to see whether they change the temperature of the water or its direction
  2. If the water is flowing into the tub, turn the knob that changes the water flow to the shower head

Tip 2: For Showers With Diverter Valves On Top Of the Faucet

On to our next shower conundrum. That is showers with diverter valves on the top of the faucet. Ok, so that’s a little wordy. What do I mean? Showers with a little pull lever on top of the faucet.

Shower with diverter valve
Pull the lever on the faucet to change the water flow to the shower head

Changing the temperature of the water is a doddle. It normally is on these shower/bath combos. But what if you are stuck trying to get the water to flow from the shower head instead of the bath?

Here’s what you can do.

  1. Turn the water on so that it is flowing into the bath
  2. Change the temperature of the water to one that is comfortable
  3. Pull the lever on top of the faucet. This should change the flow of the water and direct it to the shower head.

There is sometimes no better way to get to grips with things than to see it done with your own eyes. If you are still a little confused about this step, take a look at the tutorial in this video. It should clear up any remaining doubts that you have about this type of shower!

Tip 3: Showers With Diverter Valves Under the Faucet

Now, this is definitely the most tricky and mind-boggling of all the showers I’ve seen in my day. These showers usually just have a simple mechanism for changing the temperature of the water. But these showers don’t have a pull lever on top of the faucet, so how can you change the water direction?

Luckily though, changing the direction of the water from tub to shower head isn’t as complicated as it looks. Who knows why the manufacturers chose this tricky design!

Now what often goes unnoticed with these types of shower/bath combos is the pull ring. This pull ring is located under the faucet where the water flows. Here’s what you can do to get your shower to work.

  1. Turn the water on so that it runs into the tub
  2. Change the temperature of the water to one that is comfortable
  3. Pull on the ring underneath the faucet where the water flows. If it is hard for you to pull at the ring with the water flowing, shut it off then pull on the ring. This should redirect the flow of water to the shower head.

Are you finding it difficult to locate the pull ring on your faucet? Then take a look at the following video that will help you see what you need to grab hold of.

What If There’s No Water Supply?

If the shower straight up doesn’t have any running water, it’s going to be a little tricky to take a shower.

When on vacation, you probably shouldn’t mess around (too much) with trying to fix the water utility system in the house. However, you should absolutely get on the phone to the property owner or travel agency and ask them how you are meant to take a shower!

If you’re the new owner, then it’s time to roll up your sleeves. Have a look for water valves that may have been turned off while the property was vacant, and check any related water pressure regulators.

How to Turn On a Delta Shower

There is a shower/bath combo out there that has stumped more homeowners than you could imagine. That is, (drumroll please)… the Delta shower/bath. Do you have a Delta shower at home?

Delta showers have a particular way of working. Now, if you’re not sure what you are looking for, you could have a hard time starting up one of these. As normal, the problem isn’t with getting the water to run through the bath, rather out of the shower head.

What can you do if you’re stuck and don’t know how to operate your Delta shower? Take a look at the following steps that will help you with different types of Delta showers.

Type of Delta Shower MechanismHow to Operate It
Faucet With Diverter Ring Pull1. Turn the water on so that it runs into the tub
2. Change the temperature of the water to one that is comfortable
3. Some Delta shower/bath combos have a ring lever underneath the faucet where the water flows. Pull on the ring. If it is hard for you to pull at the ring with the water flowing, shut it off then pull on it. This should redirect the flow of water to the shower head.
Faucet With Diverter On Top1. Turn the water on so that it is flowing into the bath
2. Change the temperature of the water to one that is comfortable
3. Pull the lever up on top of the Delta faucet. This should change the flow of the water and direct it to the shower head.
Jet With Single-Style Knob1. Pull on the “ON” knob to get the water to flow out of the shower head
2. Press the “ON” knob inward to decrease the flow of water. Pull the knob outwards (towards you) to increase the flow of water.

Conclusion

Not being able to figure out the shower in your home or hotel is extremely frustrating! Especially when there’s nothing you want more than to unwind and freshen up. I hope this article has helped you to get the water flowing through your shower head instead of the bath.

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Have a great day!

-Craig