Troubleshooting a Concealed Shower
A concealed shower is a shower that is hidden in the wall. If you suspect that the concealed shower is leaking or if you are having other problems with the shower, you will need to gain access to it in order to determine the problem and make the necessary repair. This article will discuss the tools, materials and steps that you need to take to troubleshoot your concealed shower in order to determine the problem with it and make the necessary repairs to restore it to working order.
Step 1: Remove Tile Concealing the Shower
In order to the shower, you will need to remove the tile that conceals the plumbing. Using a hammer and chisel, carefully remove enough of the tile in order to gain access to the shower’s plumbing. Place any undamaged tile to the side so that you can reapply the tile after you complete the troubleshooting. You will need to purchase additional tile in the same style as any tile that you remove from the concealed shower which is damaged.
Step 2: Turn the Shower On
If the problem with the shower is a leaky pipe, turn the shower on low and use a flashlight to check out the plumbing. If you discover a leak anywhere in the pipe, you will need to refit and seal the portion of the plumbing where the leak originates.
Turn the water off immediately once you discover the leak. Use a plumber’s wrench to remove the section of leaking pipe. Replace the leaky section with new piping.
Step 3: Seal the Leak Area
Apply plumber’s putty to the section of the leaking pipe to fix the leak. Once the plumber’s putty has been placed on the leak, reseal the pipe and turn the shower on to test the connection.
Step 4: Test the Shower Knobs
If the hot and cold water knobs feel loose or are not properly opening the shower valve, you will need to tighten these knobs in order to properly turn the shower on. Remove the knobs from their respective valves using the plumber’s wrench. Check the threads on the connection to make sure that they are not stripped. Apply plumber’s tape or putty to the threads and reattach the knobs. Make sure that you do not over tighten the knobs when putting them back on the shower.
Step 5: Check for Cracks
Use the flashlight to check other areas of the concealed shower for cracks and leaks in order to make sure that the shower is not leaking. Any leaks that you discover during this step should be sealed using a silicone caulk.
Step 6: Replace Removed Tiles
Once you have completed your troubleshooting and corrected any problems that you discovered in your concealed shower, patch any areas on the shower where the tile concealing it has been removed.