Over years, showers become a bit too dirty to clean or simply become old-fashioned and it then becomes necessary to replace them. To ensure a proper shower replacement (especially if you are doing it yourself and are not a trained professional) is sometimes tricky. It is, therefore, important to look out for the following steps:
First of all, the shower pan must be replaced. To do this, one must first remove the old shower walls by whatever means necessary and then use a saw to cut through the pipes connected to the old shower pan in order to safely remove the pan. After that, the new shower pan must first be fitted and then installed with accordance to the plumbing of the shower room. This seems relatively easy but mistakes can be made when measuring the new pan into the shower room. What one must look out for is making sure that the pan is placed to complement the pipes and draining hole of the shower room as if this could cause major problems should it not be done properly.
A shower diverter and spout are basically the controller of the shower taps. Over time, diverters weaken, causing leakages. Then it is good to replace the system. In fact, replacing the diverter is not necessary just because the rest of the shower is being replaced. It is the old saying of “if it is not broken, don’t fix it”. However if it must be replaced, a copper supply pipe is always best to use and the instructions detailed on the box of the copper pipe should help too.
The last step to replacing a whole shower is to work through the tiling. Sometimes showers have broken tiles on some places or the owner simply wants a whole new look to shower room; in such cases, tile replacement is necessary. One of the most important things to do before when replacing the tiles in a shower room is to plan for it. Because tiling involves beautifying the space, it is important to decide on patterns (if any) and colour schemes before the job begins. After that, getting someone with ample experience in replacing tiles is also important as plain, neat jobs generally look better than a beautiful pattern that was not done properly.