A Guide to Professional Shower Repair
There are many things that we cannot do on our own, and is best left to professionals. Shower repair can be a complex task that you should not attempt to do by yourself. Depending on where the leak is coming from, the tiles shower will need to be broken down. This is a difficult task and should not be attempted by anyone who in not a professional plumber.
If you find water coming out of the connection between the wall and your shower head, then this is not really complicated because it can be time to replace your shower head. Just remove the shower head and put a new one. 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.
You should call a plumber at once if there is moisture from behind the wall. If there are no damaged on the tiled wall and the pipes and valves can be reached on the other side of the wall, the leak can be repaired from the backside. The problem can easily be located by the professional plumber so as to minimize the damage.
It need a breaking down of the whole wall and the drywall replaced if the wall has been exposed to moisture from behind and are causing the tiles to come loose. Before processing wet studs, they need to be completely dried. New tiles will be required for your shower.
When the leak is finally located and the plumber determines what needs to be replaced, either the valve or the pipe itself, removal can be hampered by the age of the valve and the length of time it has been leaking. You cannot easily remove the valve if it has already rusted and has gathered debris and are sticking well. Professional plumbers can loosen pipes easily.
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. A shower pan cannot easily be replaced. The tub or shower bottom needs to be removed and it requires breaking out additional tiles.
Most often, what makes a plumbing leak difficult has nothing to do with 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.