Smitty plates come in very handy as an affordable way to make your shower or bathtub look beautiful following a repair or valve upgrade. Rather than patching the wall and retiling the work area, a smitty plate can fit snugly over the hole, providing a neat and tidy look. Using a smitty plate allows homeowners to avoid the extra costs in materials and labor. Unfortunately, many aren't sure how to use one. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown, we're proud to provide premium plumbing services for home and business owners in Youngstown, Ohio and surrounding cities. Are you interested in using a smitty plate for your shower or bath valve replacement? Here are some tips to help make your project successful.
Step One Choose Your Smitty Plate
The first step is to purchase the correct smitty plate. There are multiple varieties of plates available, including no hole, one hole or three hold models. They are also made from a range of popular, durable materials like polished stainless steel, brass, oiled bronze and brushed nickle, so you're sure to find one that matches your unique style preference.
Step Two Attach the Brackets
After you've chosen the best smitty plate for you, it's time to prepare the plate by attaching the accompanying brackets. The materials needed to perform this task should be included in the plate package.
Step Three Screw the Plate to the Wall
Slide the brackets into the wall hole and gently pull the brackets until they are tight against the back side of the wall. Use a basic screwdriver to tighten the plate, and make sure it's level with the wall.
Step Four Attach Appropriate Escutcheon
Install the escutcheon that goes with your new valve and the rest of your new hardware. Be sure to secure it properly according to the manufacturers directions.
Step Five Seal to Prevent Moisture Damage
Finally, once you've tested the new valve, and are certain everything is in place, it's time to seal your plate to the wall. Ignoring this step will cause water to leak into the wall, creating mold growth and extensive property damage. Remove any moisture thats already on the wall around the plate, and use your favorite caulking material to adhere it permanently to the wall.
Need Help with Your Bathroom Pipes? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown
Are you in need of a valve upgrade or other bathroom plumbing replacement or installation project? Then get the help you need by calling the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown. Our team of certified, insured and licensed plumbers are ready to lend a hand. We offer a wide range of plumbing services for home and business owners in Youngstown, Hermitage, Boardman, Poland, East Liverpool, Howland Corners, Austintown, Girard, New Castle, Ellwood City, Niles, Warren, Champion, Cortland and Struthers, Ohio area communities. Contact our office today for more detailed information about our residential and commercial services or to schedule a convenient appointment with a reliable plumber in your local neighborhood.