June 19, 2014
What if at some point you think a bathtub no longer fits your body’s hygienic needs? A pure shower-based set up made possible by skilled Edmonton plumbers can be the answer. Tim Anderson states in his article for SFGate.com:
"Bathrooms vary from house to house and can feature bathtubs, bath and shower combinations, stand-alone showers and walk-in showers. Replacing a bathtub with a full walk-in shower means getting into a remodel project that will render your bathroom useless during the process. The end result, however, is an expansive and aesthetically pleasing addition which will also increase the value of your home."
Edmontonians may see the wisdom in changing the bathtub for a shower area. Some of the city’s real estate agents and home inspectors attest that a well-built shower area can add to a house’s resale value. If you want to let the water just course over your body and feel refreshed afterward, plumbers who are also skilled in renovations, like Capital Plumbing and Heating, will make it a reality.
A general inspection of the bathroom by your preferred contractor will help determine your course of action for removing the tub. Tubs are generally attached atop a bed of mortar and locked onto the wall studs with a set of screws. The screws will have to be removed before the renovator can pry the tub away from the wall frame; the wall studs and subfloor should also be stripped.
With the bathtub’s old area now stripped bare, you can talk to the contractor about determining the prospective material for the shower pan. Anderson said most pans are square or rectangular models, with custom renovations requiring specially-shaped concrete pans. In some cases, the pan’s drain hole may be mated to the bathtub’s original drain, but the sloping should be enough to facilitate drainage.
The quote furnished to you during the original inspection may contain line items such as a new shower unit if the bathtub area never had a shower above it. In this respect, if the bathtub had wall faucets, your professional Edmonton plumber will install extra piping to accommodate the shower, whether it is a fixed/handheld unit or a full shower system.
The shower area’s lining will also warrant much attention. Your contractor will install waterproofing underlayment to backstop the tiles, which should be in sync with the rest of the bathroom. You have the option of either setting up a glass panel or shower curtain, plus non-slip pads for added safety.
A shower in lieu of a bathtub may work wonders if you’ve thought it over well. The added space also helps if you’re sharing the shower with someone else.
With over 20+ years of industry experience, Capital Plumbing offers the best in the business if you need expert plumbing, heating, cooling, or HVAC services in Edmonton that you can trust for the long term.
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