If you are planning on remodeling your bathroom in the near future you should make sure that you update your shower valve at the same time. Many people do not understand that your shower faucet cannot be replace without accessing it from behind the wall or by removing the tile.
A leaky shower fixture is one of the most common and costly repairs that we see on a daily basis as an Overland Park Plumbing company. You have to consider that there will not always be access to from the backside of the shower valve which means if there is a problem you will be tearing out tile. It is possible to replace the cartridge, seats, and springs for a shower valve which in most cases will fix your leak. The only problem is that there are so many different types of manufactures it can be difficult to find the right parts. Certain brands that are sold at Home Depot and Lowes actually repackage other manufactures fixtures under their own label. This will make it nearly impossible to find the right parts for your replacement. If you do decide to install one of these budget fixtures you should record the model number of the unit.
Your best bet for a shower fixture upgrade is to go with a Delta. Most plumbing companies will stock delta valves, springs, and seats in their work van. This will save you time and money when it comes time for repairs. Just remember, if you are going to be replacing tile in your bathroom, make sure you replace or update your shower valve in the process.
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