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Bathroom renovation - shower not draining

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by user8519, 13th Apr, 2016.

  1. user8519

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    Hey guys,

    So our full bathroom renovation was completed a few weeks ago and we only just started using the shower and it is not draining properly. It overflows/floods outside of the shower.

    Now I contacted the renovator about this and he doesn't want to know about it. He said it must be a pre-existing problem as all he replaced was the metal waste gate.

    My argument was that it was a full bathroom renovation, that if the plumbing was clogged it could have happened at any time during demolition/waterproofing/tiling etc. and even if it was pre-existing isn't it part of compliance to check everything works as it should? I would have thought at the very least they should test the drainage?

    On that note also, he only provided me with a compliance certificate for the shower screen installation. Should I have been provided one each by the plumber, waterproofing etc or is this covered when he provided me with the final tax invoice?

    I have opened up the drain waste tried to clear what little I can see and used some Easy Off Bam drain unblocker gel but still the same...

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. No Probs

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    I wouldn't think they would 'test' the drainage, they would have tested the shower to ensure it was working correctly and that there were no leaks on the tapware - this wouldn't have been long enough for the drainage to back up if there is a blockage.

    If you had no issues with the drainage before the renovations then it sounds like rubble, cement etc may have fallen down your waste pipes if not capped off correctly during renovations - only real way to check this would be to get a plumber out with a camera out to inspect.
     
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  3. user8519

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    Hmm would that mean that it is up to me now to pay a plumber to take a look?
     
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    What type of floor waste did you select?

    Does it provide adequate drainage compared with the previous grating?
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    IMHO the above styles with infil tiling may look great but are totally ineffective due to the limited gap around the tile


    I prefer the grated styles which catch alot more water

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  5. Depreciator

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    So the tiles in the bottom of the shower were not replaced?
     
  6. user8519

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    It has a normal circular chrome waste. Everything was ripped out and replaced including the tiles
     
  7. Depreciator

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    The tiler would be up the top of the list of suspects. They often tip stuff down drains. Can you get under the floor?
     
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    Possibly still blocked by paper to prevent sand etc going into the pipes
     
  9. Marg4000

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    I would suggest you get a plumber to check out the blockage. If it is building rubble then get lots of photos and pursue a claim from the builder. There is no way a renovation would include the plumbing under the floor unless specified. Most shower blockages are a buildup of hair and soap residue.
    Marg.
     
  10. user8519

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    I purchased one of these:
    Kinetic 10mm x 150cm Toilet Auger

    It doesn't seem like any blockage so I am thinking it is poor drainage from tiling and floor waste. Not really sure there is much I can do now...
     
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    Unscrew the grate and check if a bucket of water will drain down the waste.

    Alternatively check how the floor tiling has been graded ie. Does it fall to the waste or to the door?
     
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  12. Depreciator

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    So the problem is not the drain?
    That means the tiler has not put sufficient fall on the tile bed. Not uncommon. I would get him back to do the job properly.
     
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    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    How about some sort of warning about that photo :D:eek:

    I feel ill.
     
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    What exactly is a renovator?
    I would be hassling them constantly to get an agreeable outcome.
     
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    Sorry! How's your dinner? :p At least you were only viewing from a distance and not handling in the flesh :)
     
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    PropertyChat - Error
    You do not have permission to view media within this album.
     
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    From the sounds of it we don't want permission to view the image...
     
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    Can't be that bad.

    I've walked through Wilmot at night I've seen everything.
     
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    I drove past a sign for Mt Druitt yesterday, 1st time since I've been in Sydney.
    It's a looooooong way out hey.