Plumbing a shower tray can be confusing if you don’t have prior knowledge about this project. In fact, there are different types of shower tray that you may encounter. But you should be able to determine which one is more suitable for a particular setting.
This type of task should be done with care and skill to avoid leaks that could come from the edges. So prior to buying a shower tray, make sure to measure out the dimensions of your shower area. This will enable you to figure out the size of the product you are going to buy.
Take note that standard trays are built with stone resin which are very strong. So this one doesn’t need legs to stand, but it should have a base that will be able to lift it off the floor. This will ensure ease of access to the pipework and the waste trap.
Here are essential tips that you need to follow when you decide to plumb a shower tray.
1. Using a Shower Tray
If you have decided to use a shower tray for your tub, ensure that the tray has been installed first prior to the tiling of the walls. This will enable the installation of a much better water-tight joint.
2. Leveling the Tray
Upon learning about the type of tray to be used in your area, see to it that the tray has been leveled on the floor. Simply create a slightly slanting direction so that waste water can move out of the drain so easily.
3. Inserting the Waste to the Pipework
Try to insert the waste and try to connect this to the pipework that you have run into the location. This tray should be situated on a concrete floor, a bed of sealant, and sand or cement so as to get it leveled on the floor and ensure that it will move.
Take note that the shower tray must be seated on legs or base in which the waste should be in a position that should be accessed easily. The front, however, can be concealed by just fitting some skirting boards across the installation.
Another important reminder is that a shower base should be the basis of the shower tray that you are willing to buy. Therefore, you need to purchase one from a plumbing supply store and choose one that must suit your needs. However, it is not that simple as you need have a custom-fitted structure that must correspond to your available space at home. In fact, you also need to purchase a separate shower drain kit if possible. The directions of the manufacturer can sometimes help you select the right one.
Otherwise, you can choose a much easier option without going through all that plumbing stuff. This is possible by selecting a base having a drain located at one end, left or right that should match that of your tub drain. By doing this, you will be able to eliminate the need to add filler walls. Likewise, as the drain already roughly matches that of the tub drain, adding a separate vent should not is no longer necessary.