A bathroom shower unit usually has a manual that gives instructions on how to install it. However, sometimes these manuals give unclear instructions, or too complicated ones. Here is a simple summary of how to install a bathroom shower.
- Plan the arrangement of the pipes. Look for the diagram of the pipes in the manual to find how the pipes are arranged and how these pipes are attached to the fixtures. Different types of bathroom showers, such as a bathtub shower and a luxury shower, have different layouts; thus if you have installed a bathroom shower before but installing a new one, you have to check the new manual.
- Designate the positions of the parts. Bathroom shower units have many parts. Check with the manual to know the proper positions of parts such as the shower head, the handles, the water mixer, the cable route and shower switch. Make sure that these parts are not too crowded, spaced too far apart or out of proper alignment, especially when you are doing shower remodeling.
- Plan the water and drainage system. Determine how the water inlet and the drainage system are attached to the parts of the shower unit. Get the proper materials and equipment that you need to install the shower unit to these systems.
- Install the shower pan. Water seeping into the floor, especially a wooden one, damages it eventually. Installing a shower pan solves this problem because it serves as a water-resistant layer that protects the floor beneath. Place the shower pan above the draining hole of the shower. Attach it to the floor beneath using heavy-duty adhesive.
- Install the shower panel. Shower panels protect the bathroom walls from water damage. Before installing shower panels, check the bathroom walls for water damage and fix them. Take off the shower head, the handles and the pipe covers. Measure the wall where the shower is located and get the distances between the bathroom fixtures and the wall. In this step, accuracy is important especially when installing a smaller sized shower corner. Cut a shower panel according to the measurements then attach the panel with adhesive.
- Fit the pipes. Turn off the water supply before fitting the pipes. If you are installing an electrical shower, turn off the electricity as well. Place the pipes behind the bathroom wall, following the diagram that you have planned earlier.
- Place the bath fixtures. Attach the shower head, the shower handles and other fittings. See to it that you attach these properly and with the correct adjustment.
- Finish the walls. Build the wall to completely cover up the pipes. Make sure that you put a water-resistant shower panel or tiles to prevent it from being damaged.
- Test the shower. When you are done to install shower unit, turn on the water supply. Test the pipes, the walls and the floors for leaks and repair damages when necessary. See whether the water flows out smoothly, if the temperature control works fine and the shower parts are properly attached.
Installing a bathroom shower may take up to two days, but with help it can be finished within a day. Get professional help from bathroom shower installers to achieve the best results.