If your shower has problems, or if it has stopped working, you may find yourself in need of a replacement. But that should not mean you need to pay for a professional to fit the shower for you, as well as the cost of the unit itself. In this article, we will show you how to replace bathroom shower and shower door units, and some of the tips and techniques which can help save you time during the process.
First Things First
Firstly, it may be worthwhile considering if your existing shower is worth fixing. Sometimes, particularly if your shower is relatively new, there may be only a minor fault which could easily be fixed for very little cost. Only if you are sure the shower needs to be replaced should you do so, as this procedure is relatively tricky and time consuming.
Before asking how to replace bathroom shower and sink units it is important to make sure you have all the essential items in place. The obvious, major item you will need is a new shower. There are many different types and designs available, and you should try to ensure you select a shower which meets the needs of your household.
Each shower stall will have different requirements in terms of fitting, although these will be covered in some detail in the accompanying installation guide. There will be an element of planning required, and so before you begin, it is important to measure everything out, and mark the eventual positions of your shower head and unit. It may also be necessary to consider drainage, and again planning may be beneficial to this process.
Fitting The Shower
The first step in learning how to replace bathroom shower, and indeed other bathroom units is to learn that planning is essential. If you are fitting a shower with electrical connections, make sure you plan the location of the switch, and the cable route to avoid any later complications. Before you begin to do anything to your shower, turn off the main water supply.
Firstly fit the shower unit in accordance with the installation guide, and prepare for the piping work with the necessary tools and equipment. A good tip is to include isolation valves, and also cover the pipes to protect them from water damage.
Next you should install the shower base tray, and the other fittings which form the shower unit. It is also advisable to check the pipes for leakages by turning on the water supply before they are recessed back into the wall.
At this stage, it will become apparent if any tightening is required, and this could help prevent issues which may become problematic in the future. Again, if you are fitting an electric shower, turn off the mains electricity before beginning to avoid any potential personal danger, and avoid using wet hands to do electrical works. Finally, fit the shower door, or screen and the base tray, and your shower is complete!
Learning how to replace bathroom shower units is not the easiest thing in the world, although with a bit of patience and an ounce of common sense, you should be able to do so safely and effectively, without the need for professional help.
Your main reference material during the process should be your shower installation guide which will have been included by the manufacturer, and this will identify any model-specific requirements that must be considered.