The Importance of Letting a Professional Repair Your Shower
There are many things that we cannot do on our own, and is best left to professionals. If your shower is leaking, it might seem manageable as a DIY project, but the truth is, it can get very complex. A tiled shower wall needs to come out, depending on where the leak is coming from. Only professional plumbers have the knowledge and skills to do these repair jobs.
Your probably might just need a shower head replacement if there is water running out of a connection between your shower head and the wall. Just remove the shower head and put a new one. Shower leaks are complicated if they are found in the shower handles or when there is moisture from behind the wall at the valve.
You should call a plumber at once if there is moisture from behind the wall. It is possible to repair the leak from the backside if you can reach the pipes and valves on the other side of the wall and the tiled wall is not damaged. The problem can be minimized by a professional plumber who can easily locate it.
If because of the moisture on the wall from behind, the tiles have come loose, then the whole wall need to be broken down and repaired. Wet studs need to be dried before processing. You will need to replace the tiles that have been broken.
After the leak has been located, the plumber determines whether to replace the valve or the pipe itself, but if there things are to be removed then it can be hindered by the age of the valve and the amount of time that it has been leaking. You cannot easily remove the valve if it has already rusted and has gathered debris and are sticking well. However professional can easily get these pipes loosed.
If you notice water around the base 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. In this case the tub or shower bottom needs to be removed which requires breaking out additional tiles.
Most often, what makes a plumbing leak difficult has nothing to do with the repair. That is 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. And when replacing the original parts, you need to replace more parts and more labor is involved.