Showers are a necessary part of life. They keep us clean and refreshed, and can add a touch of luxury to our everyday routine. If you're thinking about installing a shower in your home, this blog post is for you! We will walk you through the entire process, from choosing the right shower to installation tips that will make the process go smoothly. Let's get started!
Choose the Right Shower
There are many factors to consider, such as budget, space, and design preferences. Once you have an idea of what you're looking for, it's time to start shopping! Remember, measure three times and add to cart once. Don't wait until you've unboxed the shower to realize you need to send it back.
Be sure to plan your entire bathroom layout and that there is enough room for the sink and toilet to use those comfortably as well. The most beautiful shower doesn't make up for a cramped bathroom.
How to Prep Your Bathroom for a New Shower Install
First, make sure that the area where you'll be installing the shower is clean and free of any obstacles. You'll also want to turn off the water to your bathroom so that there are no accidents during installation.
If you're working with a professional installer, they will take care of these details for you. However, if you're installing the shower yourself, it's important to be extra careful and follow all instructions carefully.
First, the shower base must be installed. This is the foundation of your shower, and it needs to be level and secure before you move on to the next steps.
The actual process of installing a shower varies depending on the type of shower you've chosen. However, there are some general steps that all installations require.
Installing The Shower Base
Installing a shower base is usually a two-person job, so be sure to ask a friend or family member for help. You'll want to first test-fit the base. It's best to know now if you selected the wrong side.
Next, you'll want to prepare the sub-floor, ensuring it is level and and that the leveling compound you're using is designed to adhere to the surface type you're fixing it to. Be sure to allow the appropriate amount of time for this to set and dry.
Installing the Drain
Test-fit the shower drain flange, also known as the “drain basket” or “drain body,” to ensure it fits flush with the shower base. Use plumbers putty to seal the drain basket to the shower base.
Connect the drain pipe to the drain flange. Tighten the connection with pipe wrench and then use a hacksaw to trim any excess pipe.
Installing the Shower Walls
Most showers use either tile or acrylic walls. The installation process will be different for each type, so be sure to follow the instructions that came with your product.
If you're using tile, you'll need to apply mortar adhesive to the back of each tile before setting it in place on the wall. Start from the bottom and work your way up, making sure each tile is level as you go. Once all of the tiles are in place, allow the adhesive to dry completely before grouting.
If you're using acrylic walls, the process is much simpler. Just snap the panels into place following the manufacturer's instructions.
Installing the Shower Fixtures
Now it's time to install your shower fixtures! Begin by attaching the shower arm to the wall. Use a wrench to tighten the connection and make sure it is secure. Then, attach the showerhead to the shower arm. Again, use a wrench to tighten this connection.
Finally, turn on the water and test your new shower! If everything is working properly, you can now enjoy your new space!
We hope this blog post has been helpful as you plan and install your new shower. If this seems like a lot, don't worry! We get it! This DIY can often take weeks from beginning to end. But is much quicker with a team of professionals. Call Jersey Plumbing today to schedule your stress-free shower installation.