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Question DetailsAsked on 11/11/2015

Premade shower pan on concrete floor is pooling large amount of water in center of pan. What needs to be done?

Remodeling bathroom (removed tub with walk-in shower) and contractor twice have replaced retrofit shower pan with left side drain. Water is still pooling in center of the pan. I ask if he should level the pan when installing and he stated that the pan is pre-measured and ready to install. When resolving water pooling he placed a second pan over the first one and it pooled water even more. He is coming back next week to repair and hopeful removing everything and start over. What things should I be looking for to ensure this will be done correctly. They started the shower remodel back in August and we are now in the second week in November. Is it possible the drain under pan is to high....just trying to troubleshoot. I have guests coming for Thanksgiving dinner and I still need to get the tile laid on floor. So my patience is drawing thin.

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There is a famous definition of insanity attributed to Einstein about doingthe same thing twice after the initial installation failed -

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein


Sounds like your installer is incompetent - because one of the first things a good installer does is check for floor level, and also for proper drainage slope and pan/base rim level on a "dry-fit" before starting to actually hook up the plumbing. The pan/base may be designed for the right slope as he says - but that presupposes that is is sitting on a level base, and your slab probably has a dip in it which should be taken out with self-levelling grout first.


Personally I would (after 2 tries, and ESPECIALLY after trying to install another one inside a defective one to solve the problem) just fire the guy and demand all my money back - or maybe all installation and materials cost and pay only for any tearout of the old tub and surround he did. However, you are on a short timeframe here - though if he does this type of work on the pan, what are the chances your shower tile will be any better, or that it will not leak ? Heck - I would not take the chance - fire him, or if bonded and he will not refund your money and sign a contract termination amendment (and give you lien release) then file a claim with his bonding company to have them get another contractor to correct it (or for them to pay for another contractor) to finish the job for the remaining contract amount.

You said coming for dinner - I hope that did not mean overnight guests who will be wanting to use that shower. IF you fire him and the job is not completed (which is highly likely at this point) you have prime dinner conversation subject matter, regarding your unfinished shower - and that subject of contractors and home improvement nightmares should keep people going ad infinitum !

You could even show the Tom Hanks and Shelley Long movie titled The Money Pit after dinner to show them what a TRUE remodel nightmare looks like.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD




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