Installing A New Shower? Don't Make These Mistakes!

Posted on: 28 September 2016

Installing a new shower can give your whole bathroom new appeal. It's lovely to step into a brand new, crystal clean shower. But if you want to make sure that shower keeps serving you well for years to come, you must avoid these common mistakes homeowners make when installing a new shower.

Not angling the floor towards the drain.

If you're installing a one-piece shower insert, you can likely disregard this advice since most are already designed with this concern in mind. But if you're installing a tile shower with a self-assembled floor, make sure the floor is banked slightly so that water runs towards the drain. Otherwise, water may pool in certain areas on the floor. This standing water can damage the tiles and grout, leading to crumbling and mold problems.

Using silicone caulk to attach the floor drain.

Silicone caulk may state that it's an acceptable medium for attaching floor drains on the package. But it's really not your best bet since within a few years, it tends to start peeling away and allowing water to seep in. If you don't want a loose drain or mold growth under your drain, use plumber's putty instead. It's much more resistant to moisture and will give you a firmer hold. It's sold in most plumbing supply stores and may come in either a big bucket or a tube.

Sealing your shower head with a washer.

You'll need something to seal your washer head to the inflow pipe. Most shower heads are sold with rubber or metal washers, but these don't seal very well. Plumbers like to use Teflon tape instead. This comes in rolls at the home improvement store. You simply cut a strip, wrap it around the threaded end on your inflow pipe, and then screw the shower head into place. You'll have a lot fewer drips and leaks – and less resulting corrosion – to worry about.

Not making sure your upscale shower head is compatible with your pipe size.

If your home is more than a few years old, the pipes leading to your shower were probably chosen with a standard shower head in mind. They may be too small to allow the amount of water through that's needed for a rain shower head or multiple shower heads. So before you spend money in a specialty shower head, have a plumber look over your pipes and ensure they're compatible.

You may want to hire a bathroom remodeling expert to ensure that your shower installation goes as smoothly as possible.


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