Upstairs Shower Disaster


I posted in here a few weeks back regarding the tosser of a plumber who let a rad drain into a brand new downstairs ceiling. Well, I fixed that up (with advice from in here) but now he's caused worse devestation on a different part of the same ceiling. The Bastard.
Last night I took the new shower for a maiden run, which was great until 0825 this morning when I started work on the room below. Wet cracks across the ceiling with a run down the wall.
If I'm very lucky, the monkey didn't tighten the joints at the mixer unit on the shower wall. Easily remedied.
If I'm not, then he didn't check for a bad joint on the waste (which runs through the ceiling rafters below). I'm not really happy for the search to be conducted from above since it'll meen ripping out/disfiguring a brand new installation to get at the waste connection under the tray.
So I've resigned myself to holes in the ceiling followed more than likely by a re-skim of the whole ceiling after the leak is found.
But here's the best bit. I later discovered that the vinyl floor in the room below has about half an inch of water under it for most of it's area. What do I do?
In an ideal world I'd lift the vinyl, remove the water,dry and re-lay. But I wanted the skirting on after the flooring for cosmetic reasons and there's also a load of intriate boxing that will have to be broken out. Do I dare leave it to disappear of it's own accord and will it wreck the flooring material ( top-notch green-treated with bonded Kingspan on the reverse side)? 'Til I check with my builder tomorrow I'm not totally sure what's underneath that but I think it's concrete.
As a side query does anyone know how long it takes to acquire a shot-gun licence?
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So sorry to hear all that - totally gruesome. As everyone else will ask, "Is the plumber sueable?" Did you hire him / her direct, or via your builder? That's the route I'd follow, if at all possible.
Alternatively, the threat of massive adverse publicity? Starting with naming and shaming on here?

Great you've kept a sense of humour - and definitely of proportion :-) Can't you hire a mega-powerful nail gun, without a licence? Cheaper and harder to trace...!!
--
Martin



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Shower wastes are a bugger to get sealed... the amateurs think that the nylon washers do the job alone... (thats wot I thought in 1980, with similar disaster to you). Even plumbers mate doesn't always seal it... these days I reckon silicone rubber solution does a better job both under the waste top flange and flange back nut (with a nylon washer under the backnut), and silicone rubber forced into any gaps between the threaded parts of the waste and the shower tray just to be sure.
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says...

Didn't trust the tradesmen so did it myself this afternoon, all your advice included. I just pray to god I'm out of the country/dead if it comes to one day (read next week) unscrewing the threads which caught some silicone overspill.
The leak you won't believe. Nothing minor like a crossed thread or a loose collar, but a two-inch section of pipe missing under the tray, FFS!!
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Bikini Whacks wrote: <snip>

I just knew that bio-degradable plumber's fittings had to have a flaw...
-- Sue
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says...

lol! There are in fact a number of comedic angles this f.u. could be approached from.
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WHY isn't the plumber sorting/paying for this lot, surely he must have liabilty insurance if he is trading legally? I don't think it is a legal requirement to have insurance but it is a very silly thing to not have it.
Cheers
John
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