Shower & Bathtub Installation & Repair

Bathtub installation is a specialty job and not a do-it-yourself project.

Faulty bathtub and shower installation can cause serious problems, from leaks and flooding to mold and structural damage.

Orange Coast’s professional plumbers have the experience and know-how to do the installation right, ensuring years of worry-free bathing and minimal disruption to your home.

We install all types of bathtubs and showers, from standard to custom, including:

  • Alcove tubs
  • Drop-in tubs
  • Freestanding tubs
  • Clawfoot tubs
  • Soaking tubs
  • Spa tubs
  • Jetted tubs
  • Walk-in baths

We install all types of showers, including:

  • Shower stalls
  • Shower enclosures
  • Steam showers
  • Body spray showers
  • Rain showers

Please call us if you’re considering an upgrade for your bathtub or shower. We’ll answer your questions and give you a no-obligation estimate.

Installing a bathtub

Shower & Bathtub Repairs

Professionals should also handle most shower and bathtub repairs. You may not need us to replace a showerhead or O-ring, but leaky pipes are another matter.

Call us to help with your:

  • Leaky pipes
  • Leaky fixtures
  • Showerhead replacement
  • Faucet replacement
  • Clogged drains
  • Faulty components
  • Retrofitting
  • Water pipe relocation
  • Low-flow upgrades
  • And more
Repairing a bathtub

Leaky Pipes

A leaky pipe can cause significant damage to your home, from water stains and mold to foundation problems. If you suspect a leak, call us immediately! When a pipe bursts, a small leak can become a flood in a matter of minutes.

Leaky Fixtures

Leaky shower heads, faucets, and spouts are another common problem. They’re less of a threat than leaky pipes but can still cause water damage and high water bills.

Clogged Drains

Over the years, hair, soap scum, and other debris can build up in your drain, slowing it down or blocking it completely. We use snakes, powerful rooters, high-pressure jets, and other tools to clean your drains, so they’re almost like new.

Faulty Components

Bathtubs and showers have parts that can clog or break down over time, including showerheads, faucets, valves, and drains. We carry a complete line of replacement parts for all major brands.


We often get calls from homeowners who want to update an old bathtub or shower. In some cases, installing a new unit is more cost-effective than repairing or upgrading the old one. We’ll be glad to inspect your tub or shower and give you our honest opinion.

Water Pipe Relocation

If you’re remodeling your bathroom, we can relocate your water pipes to fit the new layout. And we’ll install any new fixtures you need, including showers, tubs, toilets, and sinks.

Walk-in Bathtub Connection

We’ll handle the plumbing connection for your new walk-in bathtub and install high-tech green upgrades for your bathtub or shower while we’re at it.

High-Tech & Green Upgrades

High-tech, water-saving upgrades for your bathtub or shower include:

  • Low-flow showerheads and faucets
  • Tankless water heaters
  • On-demand water heaters
  • Recirculating pumps
  • Water filtration systems

Low-Flow Showerheads & Faucets

Low-flow showerheads and faucets are designed to reduce water use without sacrificing pressure or performance. We carry a large inventory of low-flow fixtures from major brands.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters heat water on demand, so you’re not paying to heat the water you’re not using. They’re very energy-efficient and can save you money on energy and water bills.

On-Demand Water Heaters

On-demand or instant water heaters provide hot water only when you need it. They’re small and compact, making them a good choice for small homes and apartments.

Recirculating Pumps

Recirculating pumps move hot water in your pipes so that it’s ready to use sooner. They limit the time to run the tap and save a lot of water and money. They’re ideal for large families whose hot water use peaks at certain times of the day.

Water Filtration Systems

Water filtration systems remove impurities from your water, making it safer, healthier, and easier on your pipes.

A low-flow shower fixture

Why Orange Coast Plumbing for Your Bathroom Repairs?

  • We’re local and committed to Orange County communities.
  • We’ve been in business since 1977! So we know what we’re doing.
  • We’re family-owned and operated, not a franchise or a corporation with headquarters in another state.
  • We care about customer service, the quality of our work, and fair pricing. We guarantee our work.
  • All Orange Coast plumbers and technicians are licensed, certified, and insured.
  • We also do HVAC! If you’re remodeling your home and need new plumbing, we can upgrade your air conditioning and heat at the same time.
Installing a bathroom pipe

Frequently Asked Questions about Bathtub & Shower Repair

Do I need a plumber to replace a shower?

Yes, it’s best to hire a licensed and certified plumber and not a handyman.

An unprofessional installation can cause a host of problems.

  • Water build-up from poor drainage can cause structural damage or mold growth.
  • Pipes can leak or burst if the drain line can’t handle the water load.
  • Water can leak through faulty seals and caulking, damaging drywall or discoloring flooring.
  • An improperly sealed shower door will let water escape.
  • Unlevel showers contribute to slips and falls.
  • Poor installation leads to problems with plumbing fixtures like faucets and valves.
  • Shoddy installation can also cause leaks in built-in shelving units.

You may save a few dollars in the short term with a discount or DIY installation, but in the long run, you could invite repair bills that far exceed the cost of an installation done right.

How much does it cost to repair a bathtub?

The cost of bathtub repair varies greatly depending on the type of repair and the labor involved.

Generally, minor fixes like replacing caulking or fixing a leaky faucet will cost less than $200. Significant repairs like replacing cracked tiles or dealing with water damage may cost $500 or more.

These costs don’t include materials. The best way to get an accurate estimate is to consult a professional plumber.

Can I replace my bathtub myself?

If you’re a confident DIYer with some plumbing experience, you may be able to replace your bathtub. But significant changes to the plumbing or tile work should be left to a licensed plumber.

Replacing a bathtub requires expertise in tearing out existing structures, installing drainage and water supply pipes, and sealing walls and fixtures. Plumbers are trained professionals who can handle complex jobs efficiently and safely.

How long does it take to repair a shower?

Minor touch-ups like replacing caulking or repairing leaks take only an hour or two. More complicated repairs may take several days, especially if the plumber has to order replacement parts.

Reputable plumbers will give you an estimate of time and cost before they proceed with a repair. And they’ll go ahead with the repair only if you consent.

Can a fiberglass shower be repaired?

Epoxy putty will seal small cracks in fiberglass. Deeper cracks or chips require a resin and glass fibers patch kit. With more extensive damage, you may have to replace part of the shower pan or wall.

What's the cheapest way to replace a shower?

The cheapest shower replacement is a pre-made model that fits the space. You may be able to purchase one from a discount store or find one online. Avoid custom-built showers; they require much more time to install and cost more than prefabricated alternatives.

What are other repair options if I don't want to replace my bathtub?

Depending on the extent of your bathtub’s damage, your options include:

  • Resurfacing or refinishing
  • Reglazing: replacing the old finish with an updated one
  • Epoxy putty and patch kits can repair cracks or chips
  • Replacement faucets and valves can fix leaks and poor drainage

How often should I clean my shower?

At least once a week. Mildew, soap scum, and other residue build up over time and can damage your bathtub or shower surfaces. Cleaning with an all-purpose cleaner or vinegar solution will keep your bathroom fresh and prevent expensive repairs.

Schedule regular deep cleanings with a commercial bathroom cleaner to eliminate germs and grime from shower surfaces.

What happens if water gets behind the grout?

Water seeping behind the grout can cause mold, mildew, and water damage.

Act quickly if you notice discolored areas on your shower walls or floors. Seal any visible cracks in grout and tiles with a waterproof sealer. Consult a professional plumber for more extensive repairs.

Can I paint my shower?

Yes – but only if the surface is nonporous. Porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic, and enamel surfaces are suitable for painting; concrete and marble are not.

Use paint specifically designed for bathrooms and showers to prevent peeling or chipping. Before painting, sand any rough edges with fine-grit sandpaper and apply a primer.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us today.