Tubs & Showers
TUBS AND SHOWER REPAIR
Tub faucet repairs can be a simple adjustment, to a loose handle, that can be resolved with the turn of a screwdriver. Some of the trickier tub and shower problems to troubleshoot are:
- Clearing difficult clogs.
- Finding parts to fix your old faucet.
- Finding the source of a concealed water leak.
CLEARING DIFFICULT CLOGS.
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FINDING PARTS TO FIX YOUR OLD FAUCET.
A skilled plumber can use a fine grit grinding head to regrind the seats in place, allowing for the washers to make a good seal on a now smooth shower faucet seat surface, avoiding premature replacement of faucet washers. Broken parts from older faucets are not easy to find, and are machined specifically to the original manufacturer. The water supply pipes for tub/showers are inside the wall, except on a claw foot tub, and can be original galvanized piping. Internal stops are unlikely to exist when trying to isolate the water shut down on older faucets. These types of repairs may go beyond that of a novice plumber, or handyman. Modern shower faucets have internal stops and a removable plastic cartridge control device in lieu of stems. The internal stops behind the shower faucet face plate, on newer faucets, make it easy to isolate the water to the fixture.
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FINDING THE SOURCE OF A CONCEALED WATER LEAK.
Concealed water leaks are often tile grout issues. They can be easy or hard to repair depending on the level of deterioration behind the tile. Any prolonged water leaks into concealed areas should never happen. Water damage to wood and sheet rock, risk of electrical fire, and mold growth are too great to ignore when dealing with these types of problems.
Other forms of concealed leaks come from broken drains and defective domestic water piping inside the wall. It is always good to troubleshoot and try to stop the problem. It is important to have a professional out to determine the best solution given the risk of more costly damage when fixing an old faucet.
Retrofitting an existing tub/shower set up is such a varied task depending on the needs of the homeowner that involve a lot of consideration and understanding of product material, dimensions, and a host of other variables play into putting together a successful install. Call today to consult with an O’Grady Plumbing technician on the upgrade of your tub or shower.