Complete shower cubicle replacements
Client Locations – Effingham and Brockham
Dabney Plumbing Services were contacted by two individual clients with the same issue, leaking shower cubicles. Both these shower cubicles or shower enclosures were heavily used and had been patched up in a DIY style, numerous times. Now it was time to bite the bullet and use our services.
To entirely remove each shower cubicle the glass enclosure, the wall tiles and shower trays. To expose the damp and damaged wall coverings be it plaster board or in the other instance 18mm plywood that was completely sodden, covered in black mould and organic growth. Any damp or damaged plaster also removed.
At this stage and various other stages, photos are taken and the clients are made aware of the extent of the damp damage that has been caused over time with a catalogue of the works made. Stud wall timbers exposed and any damaged floor coverings 18mm chip board in one instance and expose the timber floor joists below.
Again, and always the client will be briefed and any damp or rotten sub floors or floor joists would be removed and replaced. Once we are back to the bare bones a reconstruction can commence. Existing hot and cold water supplies isolated so alterations can made to the pipe-work to suit two exposed thermostatic shower valves, one an Aqualisa Midas 110 and the other a Bristan Acute. The properties water supplies can now be reinstated with the pipe-work heat and pressure tested. Pipe-work left exposed for a minimum of 24 hours under test. New treated stud wall timbers added and firmly fixed, a 12mm moisture proof plaster board firmly fixed with spacers added behind to provide a level surface to facilitate future works. Solid block or brick walls can be prepared in a strong PVA solution and then plastered in either bonding or hard- wall plaster to provide a sound flat surface.
Dabney Plumbing Services will always endeavour to fit any low profile shower tray directly on the floor to avoid any step. But, and in some instances a 100mm solid timber base will need to be built for various reasons to carry the shower tray. These reasons being, solid concrete floors, under floor heating, electric or wet and normally with in mind providing a suitable waste water gradient, hence a raised plinth is required. Shower trays can now be fitted directly onto new 18mm WBP plywood using a strong sand and cement mixture levelling the trays in all directions. The previously altered waste pipes can be connected to high flow vortex traps using a McAlpine flexible shower connector using a suitable silicone sealant. Waste connection fully tested.
Tiling and grouting of both the shower wet areas completed. One in ceramic tiles and the other in a porcelain tile. Glass shower enclosures fitted paying attention to the correct operation of the sliding doors. Shower valves finally fitted via a shower fixing kit + any fixtures and fittings. On completion, the entire glass enclosures and the shower tray will be finished in a high grade silicone sealant (Dow Corning) 785 mould resistant.
A brilliant job done! Very professional and courteous. Always offered intelligent solutions and carried out a very professional installation, all work completed by Clive and his colleague. A shower was replaced with a sympathetic, aesthetically pleasing and functional shower cubicle. All options were discussed. They were on time and had a great deal of experience. Attention to detail and tidy throughout the job. Highly recommend by a very satisfied customer.