If you’ve ever tried shower installation, you probably have a good idea of how difficult it can be. The process is tricky and complicated, and often stressful. And that isn’t surprising because it’s not an easy process, to begin with. However, if you’re planning on installing your shower, you can follow these simple steps to guarantee that you finish the job successfully and quickly.
Choose a Shower Kit
Choosing a shower kit is the first step in the process of installing a shower. Shower kits are available in standard sizes and have everything you need to install them, including the plumbing and support systems. The kit will include the shower pan and the base for the shower stall that supports the walls, floor and fixtures. The kit may also include a shower door.
Determine Your Drain Location
The next step is to choose a location for your shower installation. You’ll need to choose a spot that’s huge enough to accommodate your chosen kit and has enough space around it for plumbing lines and electrical wires if required. In some cases, you can use existing plumbing lines from an existing bathtub or sink; however, this isn’t always possible because it may require additional work on your part or modifications to other parts of your home or building to accommodate them.
Locate the Water Shutoff Valve
This valve will be located outside or inside of your home, depending on its placement by the previous owner. To locate this valve, look for a small square box with two or three metal pipes coming out of it. This is your water shutoff valve, and you’ll need to shut off all water to the house before starting any work on your shower.
Install the Shower Pan
A shower pan is a shallow concrete box that will catch any water flowing out of the drain and prevent it from leaking through the floor. This is usually done by setting up 4″x4″ blocks on each corner of the shower, pouring cement into the space between them, and levelling them with a trowel.
Cut a Hole for the Drain
If you’re installing a new tub or shower, you’ll need to cut a hole in your subfloor for the drain. For most tubs and showers, this means cutting a circular hole that’s about three inches larger than the diameter of your drain. Then, use a tile or circular saw with a carbide blade to cut through the flooring material and ensure that your drain will fit flush against the subfloor surface when you install it later on.
Connect the Drain and the Water Supply to Rough in Plumbing
The first step in installing new plumbing fixtures is connecting the drain and water supply to rough-in plumbing. This involves drilling holes in your wall and running pipes through them so they can connect with existing lines or new ones that will be installed later on.
The easiest way to connect these pipes is by using bell-and-spigot fittings (often called “sweat fittings”). You thread one end of each pipe into a fitting and tighten them down with pliers. Then you use Teflon tape on each threaded connection to prevent leaks.
Finding the right shower installation company is a tremendous undertaking; one should not go into this process lightly. Shower installation is a complex task involving many precise steps and detailed work. If you’re interested in learning more about installing a shower yourself, make sure you’re prepared with the right materials—and be sure to run the job by your local building department first to avoid any costly fines.