Showers are bathroom fixtures designed to allow for bathing with sprayed water. Consisting of a showerhead with a nozzle for adjustable water pressure and a floor drain, showers are most commonly paired as fixed wall-mounted elements above a bathtub. Showerheads are also designed as hand-held hoses that can be mounted and unmounted from a wall to allow the user to spray the shower in hard to reach places. Showers are a more efficient use of water for hygienic uses than bathtubs with nearly half the water use on average.
It is important to plan the location and kind of shower before installing. A shower unit or kit can be purchased along with pipes, sealant, and tools. First, it is necessary to remove any tiles and designate the right position for the drain hole. If needed, a frame can be built to support the stall. After making appropriate space and providing support, the pan of the shower kit can slide into place and be attached via screws. Putting in the plumbing pipes is either required at the start or near the end depending on the kind of shower installation. Any exposed framing can be covered with water-resistant drywall and secured with waterproof sealant. The installation of the sides and door (depending on the chosen type of shower) come last and can be adhered with the sealant or attached with screws.
Building a shower pan begins with making a frame. It is recommended to consult a professional during this process although it is entirely feasible to construct oneself. Take measurements of the intended shower size, marking the area off. Cut 2x4 (61x121 cm) wood boards for the sides of the frame, secure its position with nails, then drill screws at the joints to secure the frame to the floor. Make a mix in accordance with the instructions from a manufacturer and pour it into the frame. After 24 hours, have the mud mix slope (¾ in or 2 cm) towards the drain and wait another three days before waterproofing and finishing.
There are multiple methods to unclogging a shower drain, which include: pouring boiling water down the drain using a funnel, pouring baking soda and then pouring vinegar (a natural alternative to chemicals) down the drain, removing the cover and using a hook or plumber’s snake to pull the gunk out out.