Your old bathtub has seen better days. There’s a chip in the finish or years of buildup around the drain. If you are thinking about replacing an old bathtub yourself or hiring one of the many plumbing repair services in your area, there are some things you need to consider.
Your initial concern is going to be price. It looks like a cheap job. Some bathtubs at the local home improvement stores can be as low as a few hundred dollars. When you start opening up areas of your home that haven’t seen the light of day for a decade or more, there can be surprises. There can be rotted floorboards, mold and mildew in the walls, leaking pipes, and other issues that you were unaware of.
New bathtubs almost always need new piping and hardware connections, new surrounds or tile work, and possibly an entire new frame. These costs, along with labor from plumbing repair services, can bring the price up significantly.
Bringing a full-sized bathtub into an existing bathroom can be a tough job, even for professional plumbing repair services. They are heavy and awkward to handle. If, however, you are opening up walls and creating large walk through areas, a bathtub can be brought in much more easily.
Instead of completely replacing a bathtub, you can also refinish one. This is a great solution, especially if you were considering replacing a high quality cast-iron or steel tub with a less desirable acrylic version. A bathtub can be reglazed or resurfaced with a DIY kit or by plumbing repair services. The DIY option is an epoxy that fills in cracks bonding directly to the finish on your tub. The downside is that it is applied with a foam roller and often leaves a painted look to the tub.
Professional plumbing repair services will use a high quality spray coating to achieve an effect much more like the one from the factory. The cost for plumbing repair services is usually much less than the cost of replacing the bathtub. This is also an excellent option for changing the color of your tub if you are redecorating.