mini moat around shower drain

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  1. asuwish

    asuwish New Member

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    Is this drain installed correctly? Should there really be a pool of water that doesn't go down the drain after each shower? And isn't gunk going to get caught there rather than being washed away? How do I break it to the plumber :eek: sure hope the whole darn shower stall doesn't have to be pulled out!

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  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Could be okay...hard to say. How much water? If he didn't leave the installation instructions, go on-line and read them...see if yours looks like the instructions.

    If you put a straight-edge across the drain, are there any hollows or does it slope to the drain from all directions? He might have put mortar (which is good) under it, but mixed it too stiff and it bowed the floor up. Or, the drain line could be too long, and when tightening down the drain to the receptor, it lifted it.
  3. breplum

    breplum Member

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    Looks perfectly correct. Yes, the plastic grate and the way it appears to sit in the recess does seem imperfect...and is, compared to a tiled in drain. The shower looks fancy enough to be a UPC approved unit, in which all basic sanitary features are within specs. So is it UPC? Too late anyway.
    Typically, that plastic drain is shipped with the shower unit, and the drain flange and grate is slightly thicker than metal.
    I personally throw the plastic drains away and use solid brass, which have a chrome grate. In fact you may be able to get a metal grate to substitute; but, the bottom line is that that is what we get in molded receptors
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    That is the way the drain is designed to be installed. You might fill the void with silicone or caulking to eliminate the moat.
  5. asuwish

    asuwish New Member

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    Thank you for your responses. breplum, you are wise in replacing parts with ones that work better. Wish my plumber had such foresight. It is a fancy stall; not sure what UPC is but it meets the code in our area. If that's the way it is; that's the way it is. I will ask about the caulking/silicone to fill in the moat. I will also email Maax and ask them about the design. Is it possible to make a better design for molded receptors? Should I assume if there was a better design they would build it...
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