What exactly is Bathtub Repair? Bathtub refurbishing, sometimes called relocating or simply refilling, is purely cosmetic at best. It replaces the bathtub’s surface and make your tub look as good as new.
Professional bathtub repair specialists will first sand down the outside of the bathtub using coarse sand paper and then apply an epoxy resin on the entire surface. This resin is very hard and durable, but it also gives the bathtub a glossy and wetter appearance. Some reglowers may also use an epoxy paint for a more permanent touch.
After the surface is properly repaired, the rest of the project is fairly straightforward. One of the most common repairs, according to most professionals, involves installing a drain-back on the wall behind the toilet. In older toilets, this drawback may either be cement or fiberglass. Fiberglass drains are more common, since they are more resistant to cracking and chipping. Cracks in cement will need to be repaired using epoxy or some other sealant.
Fiberglass drains are relatively easier to replace than cement, since fiberglass is less prone to cracking and chipping. You can choose to have either type installed or replace the entire surface based on your personal preference. If you choose to install the fiberglass drainback, your job will include cleaning out any cracks, chips or crevices in preparation for the repair. If you opt to replace the surface, follow the same instructions as for fiberglass installation.
The most common reason for bathtub replacement is damage caused by leaks. While leaks can occur at any time, the most common type of leaky pipe is caused by freezing and thawing. If you live in an area that experiences seasonal temperature variations, installing a new bathtub during those colder months will prevent further damage to your floor. If you do not have a new bathtub, simply repairing the existing one with a patch will keep the damage from getting worse.
Other reasons for bathtub repair include damage from mold growth. When you consider the high cost of replacing a damaged shower, it often makes sense to fix the problem before the costs get out of hand. If you discover holes in your walls or ceilings caused by water leakage or damage, you should call a professional immediately to assess the damage and determine if any repairs are needed. You might also want to consider adding a new showerhead, especially if the shower is not easily accessible from the inside of the home.