Category Archives: shower valves

How Not To Install a Tub or Shower Valve

In today’s do-it-yourself world, many people are inclined to attempt their own plumbing repairs or installations. While this may be practical on some repairs like replacing a toilet fill valve or installing a new flapper in a toilet, some jobs are better left to a plumbing
professional. The removal and replacement of a tub or shower valve is best left to someone experienced in this repair. To successfully complete this job, you must cut and solder copper pipe, a skill most homeowners don’t possess.


This picture is a tub/shower valve a recent customer attempted to install himself using some modern “solder-less” miracle product. After purchasing the new tub/shower valve, copper pipe and fittings, and the “solder-less” epoxy product, he was out a few hundred dollars before he started. After installing his new valve, when he turned on the water, the valve leaked like a sieve. Luckily for this customer, he discovered it leaked before he had the bath dry walled and tiled.

Our customer then hired us to remove the problem he created. He had to purchase and install a new valve, pipe, and fittings to complete the job. Of course, the original valve was unusable with all the epoxy adhered to it. What would have been a simple and inexpensive repair ended up costing him double in parts.

Like a lot of “do-it-yourself” repair projects, this one actually cost a considerable amount more than if he had initially called a reputable repair contractor. Still considering that do-it-yourself project? We’re happy to discuss with you the pros and cons of using a professional versus a do-it-yourself project. Call us for a free estimate in the Phoenix area at 602.488-4647.

Pressure – Balanced Shower Valve – Do I Need One?

Has this ever happened to you? You’re in the shower and someone flushes a toilet and WOW, the water goes from pleasantly warm to scalding hot! Most likely, you have an old style, “non pressure-balanced” shower valve. This is not only annoying, it’s also a safety hazard. Imagine your mother-in-law; no, imagine YOUR mother getting scalded by by this burning hot water, unable to adjust the water  temperature or get out of the way fast enough to avoid being burned. We all know how that would make us feel. The remedy to this entirely avoidable nightmare is a pressure balanced shower valve. When someone flushes a toilet, or turns on a faucet, this valve keeps the hot and cold water volumes “balanced”, so that any temperature change will be a minor one. The cost of avoiding the above described scenario is well worth the piece of mind it will deliver. Even if it’s not your mother (or mother-in-law), none of us like getting scorched by burning hot water when it is easily avoidable. Call us at Sav-On Plumbing; we will come out and give you a free estimate on replacing your shower  or tub/shower valves with new “pressure balanced” ones.