Bathtubs & Showers

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Advantages of Pressure Balance Valves in Tub and Shower Faucets

Tub and shower faucets, like this one from Moen, that come equipped with a pressure balance valve adjust to any changes in water pressure automatically. This allows your shower or bath to maintain a constant water temperature and prevent scalding when water is being used elsewhere in your house.

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Using Porcelain Tile in a Shower

Joe asks, “Is porcelain tile a good choice for a shower in a bathroom?”

Porcelain tile is a great choice for a shower, since they’re harder, more durable, and less porous than regular ceramic tile. Read on to find out more.

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Products to Enhance the Bathroom in Your Home

Renovating your bathroom doesn’t have to be expensive. Many homeowners are finding out that making small changes can lead to big results. There are a number of new showerheads that can modernize your bath as well as several inexpensive vanities that can help provide needed storage. Watch this video to find out more.

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How to Clean Glass Shower Doors

Watch this video to find out how to remove soap scum from glass shower doors using white vinegar, and how to keep them clean longer by applying car windshield cleaner.

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Replacing a Bathtub with a Shower

Joy asks, “If I removed the bathtub to expand the shower but the tub remained in the other bathroom, will the value of my home be affected?”

As long as there is a tub in the house, I don’t see it as a disadvantage. Many people would consider having a spacious shower a plus.

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Saving Water with Low-Flow Showerheads

Showers account for almost a fourth of individual water use. Installing low-flow showerheads in your home saves both water and energy. For more ways to reduce the water you use, check out our article Water Conservation in the Home.

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Repairing a Bathtub Drain

Barbara asks, “Our bathtub no longer holds water. How can I replace the drain hardware?”

To replace the drain basket on the tub, you’ll need access to the underside or back of the tub. To remove the drain basket, insert a pair of pliers in the basket and turn it, or there is a special tub drain removal wrench.

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Tub Caulking Tips

When caulking around a tub, start by lining both sides of the joint with masking tape. After applying a bead of caulk, run the rounded edge of an expired plastic gift card along the joint to wipe off any excess caulking. Carefully remove the tape before the caulking hardens.

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