Reglazed tub issues

From Bathtub,

I just had my bathroom remodeled and thought I could save a few dollars and just have the tub reglazed. I was not happy with the outcome do to the fact that in less than a week I’ve noticed the tub peeling in certain places and there appears to be a leak. At first the sub-contractor that did the job said he would come back and do it over but it’s been over a week and I have yet to hear back from him. He hasn’t returned my calls and I’m not hopeful that he’ll be back. What do you think I should do at this point?

Although this is not really a plumbing issue let me give some advice. In the first place, after thirty years in the business this is not the first time I’ve seen a fly by night contractor pull a “Houdini”, sorry to say.

My initial thought is that the tub’s surface was poorly prepped and the same contractor reconnected the drains. It is always important to research any contractor or service you intend to use. Make phone calls and ask question about:

  • Years of experience and experience on similar projects.
  • Ask for proof of Insurances and copies
  • Licenses and sub-contractors (if any) to be used
  • Ask for a list of previous clients with similar projects

I don’t recommend reglazing or resurfacing tubs and showers because they don’t always turn out the way you would like. There are my viable options in today’s market that are a better investment. I would install a new tub and investigate the condition of the existing tub waste and overflow pipe and if need be change it out at the same time.

You may not have planned on getting a new tub but by doing so you will be happy with the remodel and you will sleep better.

Thank you for writing in, Ron.


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