An existing client recently called us to remove the old & install a new shower rose, shower head, shower rail and shower mixer tap. They needed these installed to allow for disability access and for ease of cleaning the shower for the tenant.
Site Inspection & Quote
Richard, our plumbing estimator, organised site access with the tenant for a time that suited, then carried out a thorough site inspection to provide a detailed free quotation to carry out the works as requested.
Richard needed to see how the plumber could access the existing hot and cold water pipes without damaging the tiled side of the wall, as this would have an effect on the waterproofing of the shower recess and could become an expensive plumbing exercise.
On completion of the site inspection, Richard supplied the owner with a detailed quotation on installing the new shower rose and mixer tap. Fortunately, there was a blank plaster wall on the opposite side of the wall to the shower which, once removed, would give access to the water pipes without having to remove tiles or re-waterproof the shower recess. This was a big cost saving for the job.
Richard then explained the detail in the quote to the owner to make sure they were clear of the outcome. The owner agreed and was keen to get the work completed for their client.
Disconnect Pipework & Remove Existing Shower Rose & Mixer Tap
Ben was the plumber who attended site to carry out the work. He first located the pipes in the wall and then proceeded to remove a section of plaster wall to give himself access to them. Once the plaster was removed, he turned off the water to the house and began disconnecting the pipework to the shower mixer tap and existing shower rose. He could then unscrew and remove the shower rose and take the mixer tap out.
Installing the New Shower Mixer Tap, Shower Head & Shower Rail
Now it was time for Ben to install the new shower mixer tap, shower head and rail. As he was working from behind the wall instead of in front of it, he had to make sure he was in the correct location before drilling a hole in the wall. He did this by taking a measurement from the existing shower head to where the new one needed to go. He then transferred the measurement to the opposite side of the wall where he had access to the pipes, then proceeded to drill a pilot hole through the tile.
Once the location was confirmed, he drilled it out to suit the new pipe location for the shower rail. It was then a matter of assembling the pipework and installing the new mixer tap and shower rail.
Testing, Sealing and Cleaning Up
On completion, the water was turned back on to make sure there were no leaks with the new installation, and everything passed the test.
Ben then sealed up the penetration in the tiled wall from the old shower head and sealed around the new, the last job was to install the new shower rose, mixer cover plate and lever.
The plaster Ben cut out was then installed back over the hole ready for the owner’s plasterer to carry out the plaster repairs.
He then took photos of the job to send to the owner and checked with the tenant that they were happy with the outcome which they were.
The site was then thoroughly cleaned, and all rubbish was removed.
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