A Guide to Professional Shower Repair
It is not all the time that home repairs are easy and when things are complicated, then you should call a professional for the repair. If your shower is leaking, it might seem manageable as a DIY project, but the truth is, it can get very complex. A tiled shower wall needs to come out, depending on where the leak is coming from. If you are not a professional plumber, then you should not do this task.
If there is water running out of a connection between your shower head and the wall, then it might just need a replacement for the shower head. You simply need to remove the shower head and replace it. If the shower handles leaks or when there is moisture behind the wall at the valve, then that is a more complicated shower leak issue.
Don’t ignore any moisture from behind the wall. If you can reach the pipes and valves on the other side of the wall and the tiled wall itself is not damaged, then it may be possible to repair the leak from the backside. The problem can easily be located by the professional plumber so as to minimize the damage.
If because of the moisture on the wall from behind, the tiles have come loose, then the whole wall need to be broken down and repaired. Wet studs need to be dried before processing. This will definitely require new tiles.
After the leak has been located, the plumber determines whether to replace the valve or the pipe itself, but if there things are to be removed then it can be hindered by the age of the valve and the amount of time that it has been leaking. Another things that will cause difficulty in loosening the valve is the presence of rust and debris and this makes them adhere together fast. But those in the industry know how to get the pipes loosed.
If you have standing water around the base of the exterior of your tub or shower, then water is getting through the wall, under the entire fixture and running out. This can possibly be due to the fact that there is a crack around the drain of at the bottom of the tub or shower. Replacing a shower pan is not easy. In this case the tub or shower bottom needs to be removed which requires breaking out additional tiles.
What makes a plumbing leak complex is not really the repair. Repair is actually the easy part. Exposing the leaking area and removing the materials for repair is the most difficult part of the process. When you are trying to find the leaking and removing things, there are good parts that you need to damage. Then more parts and labor are involved replacing the original parts.