Hamish The Plumber

Hamish Erskine, Hamish the Plumber, Plumbers in Salisbury, Showers

Showers - Repair and Replacement

If your shower is not working correctly, I am happy to make a free 15 minute inspection visit to assess what's wrong and the best solution.

Mixer Showers
When mixer showers stop working correctly, they often need a new thermostatic cartridge. If the brand can be identified, it is then worth opening up the shower valve to identify the specific cartridge that needs ordering, and I will return to fit it when it has arrived. Especially with showers that are built-in behind the tiling, repair of the existing shower is usually the preferred option. If the brand cannot be identified, it is probably best to consider the most suitable replacement shower.

Electric Showers
When electric showers fail outside their warranty period, except with higher end models, the price of a new shower is such that it is often more economical in the long term to replace the shower than to try to repair it. You then have the assurance of a new 2 year warranty. If I replace one component of an older shower, you never know when something else might go wrong with it.

Cost
At the end of a job, my bill is always calculated according to my hourly rate of £50 for the first hour plus parts, then £40 per hour, as described on my pricing page. When I make my free inspection visit, I will talk you through the likely cost of each option, whether repair or replacement, including parts and labour. Replacement of an electric shower is typically a 2 hour job. Replacement of a mixer shower is more variable, depending on the type of shower and whether the valve is external or built-in behind the tiling. When possible, replacement of a thermostatic cartridge is usually about an hour's job.

Shower Pumps
If a shower pump develops a fault, it is usually time to replace it with a new one. I will talk you through the various options, including positive and negative head, and what pressure rating of pump you need. Expect replacement of a shower pump to take about 2 to 2.5 hours. The main cost is the price of the pump, but I will help you source one at the best price.

Over-bath shower screens
Replacement typically takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.

Leaking Showers
If a leak is evident on the ceiling below, I first check that it is not from the shower's waste pipework (it rarely is but this needs to be discounted first). The most common cause is that the silicon around the tray or bath has perished and needs replacing. This is typically a 1 to 1.5 hour job. Another possible cause is that cracks have appeared in the grouting between the tiles and water has started to seep behind the tiles. This loosens the tiles, and also usually damages the plasterboard behind them. If this is the case, the lower part of your shower will need retiling. I am happy to repair the tiling around a shower, but this is a bigger job, typically taking about 10 hours in total, spread over several visits.

Trays, enclosures, and bathroom installation
Where trays, enclosures or baths need replacing, please contact some bathroom installers for quotes. I prefer to focus on the smaller jobs, and always charge by the hour.

Salisbury's Best-Reviewed Local Plumber

Jess Willetts, June 2020
Hamish was able to respond to our needs promptly (on the same day). Was easy to deal with, helpful and knowledgeable. We were so pleased to have our shower tap replaced the day that we contacted him, this required him to come back after we had bought a new tap, which he was happy to do. His pricing was fair and we would definitely recommend/use him again.
Matthew Barber, September 2019
Two jobs completely swiftly and without fuss or additional expense. I now have a successfully flushing loo and a shower that won't catch fire when I use it. Next time I have a plumbing emergency or just an upgrade - I'll get him back in.
M J Hood, June 2019
Hamish did a great job of helping us out; our upstairs & downstairs showers packed up at the same time & Hamish replaced both quickly & efficiently. He also cured leaking bathroom taps, helped with some good general plumbing advice, left the place clean and tidy & inspired confidence in us. Highly recommended. Thanks Hamish.
Clair McColl, April 2019
Great service. Quick to respond and fixed our shower in good time. Will certainly use again.
Leanne Parsonage, April 2019
Hamish responded to our initial text message on the same evening and arrived on the arranged day, with a thoughtful update regarding exact arrival time. The issues with two wcs and basins were fixed swiftly and a replacement part for the leaking shower was sourced for me to order - with a return date for fitting organised promptly. All pricing was clear and fair. I am delighted to have found a reliable and considerate plumber and would not hesitate to recommend his services.

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Hamish the Plumber
16 Ashlands, Salisbury, SP4 6DY
Hamish the Plumber
16 Ashlands, Salisbury, SP4 6DY

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