Showers & Bath Tubs

Everyone loves a nice, warm shower. It’s a great way to wake up in the morning and relax in the evening. 

That’s why it is so irritating when a shower or tub stops working. 

While most common problems can be fixed, there will come a time when you need to replace your tub or shower. Finding the best tub or shower means looking at various factors like the size of the bathroom, the overall aesthetic of the room, and whether you want a separate tub and shower or a shower/tub combo. 

If you’re unsure of where to start, contact a local plumber who can help you to repair and replace your existing tub or shower.

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Shower & Bath Tub Repair or Replacement

Bathtubs and showers face some of the same common problems even if they are installed separately. Some of these include:

  • Clogged Drains: A clogged drain prevents water from leaving the tub or shower and can increase the chance of in-home floods. Most clogs can be removed with a plunger, snake, or drain rod. 
  • Strange noises: Rattling or vibrating pipes are a sign that the hot and cold water aren’t mixing properly or that the pipes are shaking and needed to be tightened. A plumber can diagnose and fix any strange noises you hear coming from the tub.
  • Low Water Pressure can be caused by a leaky faucet as well as mineral buildiup in the incoming water lines. Fixing either problem will require disassembling parts of the plumbing system, which should be left to an expert. 
  • Mold: If you see or smell mold, then you need to contact a plumber immediately. It’s possible the mold has moved within your walls, which means the tub, shower, drywall, wooden boards, and other parts of your bathroom may need to be replaced.

Showers and bathtubs often can last decades before wear and tear requires them to be replaced. The most common reasons to replace a tub or shower is to increase their size or to change the look of your bathroom. When you’re ready to replace your tub or shower, call a plumber to take a look and give you an estimate.

Shower Stalls, Tub/Showers, Garden Tubs, Jet Tubs

When installing a shower or tub, first measure your bathroom. Knowing these dimensions will help you decide whether you need a shower/tub combo or can install a shower and tub separately. It also lets you know the maximum size a tub or shower stall can be to fit within the space chosen for it.

Shower Stalls

A shower stall is a stand-alone shower which does not include a bathtub. Shower stalls can come in various sizes. The smallest are typically square shaped and measure 32, 34, or 36 inches on each side. However, some shower stalls are rectangular with lengths of 42, 48, or 60 inches.

Tub and Shower Combos

Longer shower stalls can also be altered to include a bathtub.  One of the biggest benefits of the shower/tub combo is that it allows you to have both a shower and a tub even if you don’t have a lot of room in your bathroom. The most common size of a shower/tub combo is 60 inches by 36 inches.

Garden Tubs

If you have decided that your bathroom is large enough to install a separate shower and tub, the next step is deciding what sort of tub you want. One of the most popular tubs is the garden tub.

A garden tub is much bigger than a conventional bathtub. While a conventional alcove or whirlpool tub is usually 32 inches wide, 18-24 inches deep, and 60 inches long, a garden tub is much larger: up to 70 feet long, 40 feet deep, and 42 inches wide. Additionally, they are often designed with circular, rather than angular edges. The added size and the circular design allow you to fully submerge yourself in the water much more easily than in a standard tub.

Soaker Tub
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Jet Tubs

Another popular tub choice is the jet tub. Also called a whirlpool tub, a jet tub includes a series of water jets installed on the interior of the tub. These shoot high pressure water into the bathtub and are often used to target specific parts of the body. Some people use jet tubs for therapeutic purposes while others just enjoy a nice massage while taking a bath.

ADA Compliant Tubs & Showers

Not all bathtubs and showers are handicap accessible. Fortunately, in 2010, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Transportation (DOT) updated the accessibility standards of the American Disabilities Acts (ADA) for buildings, entrances, and plumbing devices like bathtubs and showers. These guidelines define how bathtubs and showers must be designed in order to be considered ADA compliant. If you’re looking for a handicap accessible toilet, check to make sure it’s ADA compliant.

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