Shower Installation & Tub Installation
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If you are installing a new shower or tub, or updating an existing one, you’ll want to make sure you are investing in the right showerheads, faucet, spout and trim kit. There are a lot of options on the market for showerheads, temperature control valves, and spouts. We’ve compiled a short list of things to consider for your shower and tub project.
Shower Head Installation
An upgraded shower head can be a relatively inexpensive investment to bring comfort and add utility to your bathroom. Shower heads come in a range of designs, styles, and materials to match your home decor and add better functionality to your bathroom. You’ll find a range of styles from the traditional fixed single spray head, to multiple adjustable shower heads or handheld spray heads.
Single Shower Head
The fixed single shower head is probably the most commonly installed style of shower head. Many single head styles come with a variety of spray settings often including massage spray, soft spray, drenching spray and other patterns.
Handheld Spray Shower Heads and Shower Head Combination
You may prefer the convenience of a handheld shower sprayer. This type of shower head can be sold as a single handheld sprayer that sits in a holder and acts as the main shower head as well as a handheld shower sprayer. Handheld sprayers can also be found as an attachment, or rather, a dual head combination. This style is especially useful for families with small children, pets, or those who need extra assistance.
Rain Shower Head
The rain shower head has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. Rain shower heads are positioned overhead above where you would stand in your shower. The water falls straight down like rain. This style of shower head will likely need an arm extension to bring the shower head away from the wall so that you can comfortably stand under the shower head.
Consider Gallons Per Minute When Selecting Your Shower Replacement & Installation
Another thing to consider is the gpm (gallons per minute) rating for the shower head. Since 1992 it has been federally mandated that new shower heads should not exceed a flow rate of 2.5 gpm. If you are water and money conscious you may want to look toward the EPA’s stricter WaterSense standard. In order to meet the WaterSense standard and be labeled as such, the showerhead’s flow rate should not exceed 2 gpm.
Temperature Control Valve Trim
The most common type of temperature control valve trim in today’s homes are the single handle type. When you turn the handle the water flows out at full pressure, no matter the position of the handle. The temperature is changed by rotating the handle from one side to the other.
If you are upgrading your shower or tub, you may find it worthwhile to get a temperature control valve trim that includes a volume control handle. These trims allow you to control the amount of water flowing out of the tub spout or shower head.
Tub Spouts Installation
When looking for a new or replacement spout for your bathtub, you’ll want to make note of the type of spout that you have. Look underneath the spout to see if it is attached with an allen screw. If so, you’ll want to find one that attaches the same way. Our knowledgeable plumbers will be able to identify the type of spout that you need and be able to supply the correct replacement part.
Common Problems with Showers and Tubs for Homes in Salt Lake City, Utah and Surrounding Areas
It’s no fun when the shower/tub drain is slow, or the faucet drips or won’t turn off, or the shower head springs a leak or just doesn’t have much water flow. The knowledgeable plumbers at Black Diamond can identify the cause of your shower or tub woes and provide solutions that work for you. Below are some common problems and possible solutions that you might try before calling in a plumber.
If you are experiencing low water pressure in your shower, it may be the result of mineral buildup. An easy solution to try is to clear the mineral buildup. Using a solution of equal parts water and vinegar, you can pour this solution into a baggie and tie it over the shower head. Letting the shower head sit in the solution overnight should break down the mineral buildup that is clogging the shower head.
Leaking tub spout or stuck diverter
If you experience a leaking tub spout, or you notice that your diverter does not easily drop back into place when you shut off your water after running the shower, it is likely time for a replacement. Minerals can build up in the spout over time and cause the spout and diverter to malfunction, you may also need a replacement cartridge. Unless you are familiar with this type of repair, we would recommend calling in a professional plumber for this type of problem.
If you are finding that the water is pooling at your feet when you shower, this is often caused by a buildup of hair, soap scum, and debris. You can try any of the following methods to clear the drain.
- Use a plunger to dislodge the clog.
- Pour a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to naturally clear the drain.
- If you feel confident and brave, take the drain cover off and remove the blockage/buildup. You can use a hook to assist.
If you are ready to replace or repair your shower or tub fixtures give the plumbers at Black Diamond Experts a call. Our plumbers are located throughout the Wasatch Front, from Ogden, Salt Lake City, to South of Provo and surrounding areas.