If you’re dealing with a leaky shower or your faucets are showing signs of rust and corrosion, it may be time to replace your shower plumbing fixtures. However, replacing shower fixtures isn’t always as straightforward as plugging a few holes and putting in a new faucet. Here are some plumbing repair tips that you can follow to replace faucets, valves and more.
Plumbing and water supply problems at the shower itself can often be the most difficult. Most times, a rough-in valve or check valve is the culprit. A rough-in valve (or check valve) is used to prevent steam from building up in a bathroom. If there is a problem with one of these plumbing fixtures, your entire bathroom could become compromised. If you suspect this is the problem, a plumber will have to come to your home to take a closer look.
To properly repair shower valves without stops, you’ll need to turn off your water supply first. This is usually located inside your home, on the same floor as the pipes themselves. Once the water is turned off, you can remove the valve and place it in a bowl of water, such as a bathtub. This will prevent any further water leaks while your plumber repairs the pipe.
Once you have the plumbing components out of the way, you can get to the fun stuff. The first thing you’ll want to do is consult a technical site measure to find out what’s available. You’ll probably need to buy some new decorative hardware, such as a strainer basket, bath tub stopper, shower curtain and toilet seat. These items are sold at your local home improvement store or by visiting a plumbing or decorating specialty shop. Look for a tutorial that will show you how to install the new hardware in a snap.
If your pipes are in good shape, your next task should be to repair shower fixtures. It’s usually a good idea to purchase the entire replacement unit, which will make replacing the shower heads and faucets much easier. This will also allow you to use the same type of shower replacement tub or showerhead you’ve had for years, if needed. To make the plumbing easy to remove and replace, consult the instructions provided with the new fixtures. Most plumbing repair kits include detailed, written instructions.
If you have a brand-new bathroom, you can’t possibly go wrong with one of the many brand new, high quality shower fixtures that are available today. To create a full bathroom remodel, you will probably want to replace all the hardware, plumbing and flooring. This should include installing new shower fixtures, whether they’re new models or ones that are similar to what you already have. One option is to replace your shower head, whether it’s a basic single shower or a corner bathtub/shower combination.
You can also opt to purchase whole shower replacement kits complete with everything you need to repair, upgrade and/or install new fixtures, such as soap holders, traps, soap dispensers, spray arms and floor and wall mounted shower heads, etc. Some of the popular brands on the market include Kohler, Schluter and AquaMaster. When considering these brands for your plumbing needs, you should look at reviews posted online by prior customers. They should provide you with insight about the products’ durability and functionality and give you tips on how to properly maintain them. In addition, customer service representatives can offer advice on making the most of your new plumbing system.
You can choose to install a rough valve, a soft valve or a float cup. Although some people prefer the soft, some people like the rough-in shower valve because it allows a runner to run behind the water level, especially on smaller tubs. Installing a rough-in shower valve is quite straightforward and requires only minimal plumbing work. You just have to be careful when installing it because it might leak if not properly installed. A float cup is another plumbing fixture that is widely used, because it makes the entire shower experience more enjoyable and comfortable.