How poor quality work lead to shower waterproofing & tiling issues
We pull our hair out every time we come across one of these jobs. Nu-Trend has a team of plumbers & bathroom renovators in Sydney & we are asked to quote on all types of jobs every day. We are not cheap, will never promise to be the cheapest & spend a lot of time trying to educate people on the dangers of choosing a quote just because it is a low cost presented.
Think about it – how can it be possible for one or two trades to be so much cheaper than everyone else? There is always a reason.
Below is another example of a job we missed out on, but the owner called us a few months later because their new shower they had installed in their home in Bexley had developed all sorts of waterproofing issues. The concerns had become so bad there is now a case going before NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) who provide specialist tribunal services to help people resolve an issue or dispute fairly and according to the law.
What was required for this shower bathroom plumbing in Bexley?
The owner wanted to replace a shower cubicle that had failed, that’s right, they already had issues in the bathroom plumbing that needed to be resolved. The home owner got multiple quotations and we even provided a free measure and quote for his site, but we found out later we were nearly double the other prices quoted.
In the end they spent $5,560 to have the existing shower stripped from the room and a new one reinstated.
To some people this might seem reasonable, but you have to consider the amount of work involved to do this properly because it is essentially a mini bathroom renovation considering it involves dealing with things like tiling and waterproofing. Our typical scope of work would include;
- Rubbish removal
- End to end project management
- Drop sheeting
- Water proofing
- Tile supply
- New custom made drain waste
- New custom made shower screen
What were all the issues with this shower bathroom plumbing we found?
- Finishes are terrible and not to trade standard. The cubicle does not blend into the existing bathroom, resulting in large silicone beads to cover messy tile finishes, and exposed cut tile edges. The work does not look like it has been done by an experienced licensed tradesmen.
- Bathroom floor gets covered in water when shower is in use
What is needed to repair this bathroom shower properly?
After seeing the state of this bathroom our suggestion is to completely demolish the shower cubicle and start again. The cost to do so would range between $13,000 and $14,000 for this shower. This would involve demolition, allowance for plumbing provision, possible installation of a tiled hob when entering shower due to existing floor heights, waterproofing, tiling, custom shower screen, dispose of trade waste etc.
Some floor and wall tiles outside the cubicle may need to be replaced to warrant water proofing and cannot be guaranteed to exactly match unfortunately which is always hard with old vs new renovations.
The better alternative would be a complete bathroom renovation and the cost would range between $25,000 and $30,000. This would be the preferred option as the entire bathroom could be warranted and guaranteed, but also add value to the property vs a repair job.
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