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OK - terminology issue here. The "shower pan" is a collection liner than underlies the shower floor itself, and is designed (if built and plumbed right) to trap any leakage from the shower floor and route it to the same floor drain pipe. Example image here, copper in this case -
It sounds like your are saying the shower floor or base unit failed - likely a fiberglass or plastic shower, which commonly fail due to incomplete support under them. This can be repaired if fiberglass, but is not usually done unless just microcracking, as it is hard to find an expert - usually you have to have a car body fiberglass specialist or a surfboard repair expert do it, and the color will not match perfectly unless you get a new gelcoat over the entire base unit. Cost about $300-500, ASSUMING the material can be repaired - true fiberglass can, thermoplastic can sometimes be welded but anyone's guess how long it will last without cracking again, plastics like PVC can rarely be fixed so they will hold someone standing on them. Any sort of repair is likely to crack again, because you have done nothing to remove the cause of the cracking which is standing on a base that is not fully supported over its full extent. Some cheepo or desperate plumbers try injecting non-pressuring type expanding foam underneath to improve the support - this does a great job of supporting it but unfortunately supports mold, so starts stinking in short order as a rule.
The normal fix is to remove and replace it, because once it is out there is no sense in putting a damaged one back in for the small increment in cost. Removing it means taking the shower wall liners or the bottom row or two of tile out so you can get the new base unit into place (because they overlap it), then replacing them. So, the $3000 range indicated is indicative of this type of job, which typically runs from a very low of around $1500-2000 for an identical base unit, to more typically $3-5,000 depending on whether a shower enclosure or tile walls. Of course,when the new one is put in, it is CRITICAL that it be fully supported - this means rubbing plumbers rouge or similar marking substance on the bottom, test fitting it, and then lifting it out and checking that all the stiffener ribs and support pads made contact with the pan, and making adjusments as necessary until it has full contact, then standing in it and rocking back and forth to check for any points not making full contat and fixing them.
The $10,000 plus numbers you got must have been for entire shower replacement down to the joists and studs, and the $30,000 range number would be typical for a full bathroom remodel with new shower or shower/tub and doors and surround, wall finishes, vanity, sink, toilet, and flooring and door.
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I was worried about the toxic smells but they were very careful to vent the room and it was not bad at all.
Several days later, I noticed several little flaws including three pin-hole spots that looked like maybe perhaps the liquid finish had bubbled and burst, leaving little
After that I also noticed a scratch on the side of the tub, which is barely visible, a couple other areas where it seems like the finish didn't take to the original surface, and a sharp fragment of what I believe to be the aggregate that was used on the bottom of the tub, which somehow was sprayed onto the back of the tub, and will scratch the back of anyone who lays back in the tub.
Not hearing back from Pat for a couple weeks, I e-mailed him again on September 11, asking if September 29 would be a workable date, and I mentioned the other errors. He wrote back saying he would check with
I've not heard back.
While I plan to follow up, since I would like the small problems fixed, I think that after two requests to fix the matters, it's time for an Angie's List posting. I have copies of all the e-mails and look forward to having the problem resolved.
My "C" ratings are due to the failure of
They arrived the next morning and spent the next 4 to 5 hours stripping off the old product and reapplying the new surface material to the tub and sink. During the stripping process they damaged and left indentations in the original surface of the sink. Again, there were imperfections and ripples on the surface which would need to be sanded down and some sort of glaze re-applied. We agreed that they would come back on September 6 at 12:00 PM. They were also supposed to start on the second bathroom but we decided that would not be a good idea since both bathrooms could potentially be out of service so the second bathroom would be started on the week after the first bathroom was completed.
On September 6, we waited for them to arrive at the pre-appointed time yet they never came. There was no phone call explaining why they were late or if there was a problem with that day. We waited for their call on Sunday and then Monday. We finally had to get in touch with another company to finish what they started.
The guy from the new company came to our house to give us an estimate. We explained the situation with the first bathroom and he asked what company had performed the work. We said
We tried contacting Superior through the Better Business Bureau but because they have no mailing address or storefront it was impossible. We also sent a text to L*** personally asking for a refund of the $428 and as expected we received nothing from them. We feel that
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