Drainage is a topic near and dear to the hearts of all New Orleanians. Well, maybe not dear. Anyway, besides the inadequate pumps and clogged sewers, I’ve got a new kind of drainage problem at home. This was revealed when the plumber visited yesterday and installed our shower heads.
Yes, it seems that the floor of the shower is not level. Even I know that the floor should slope from the edges to the drain. Alas, ours just seems to slope uniformly in one direction, so that water pools to the side.
It is a most egregious situation.
I had assumed that this job had been done right. I didn’t double check their work with a level. Actually, now that I look at it, I realize you can see the slant is off even without a level. (The tile guys didn’t put a liner down either. There’s nothing under the shower but concrete and the earth, so I’m not sure that we need a liner.)
I am meeting Juan the Tile Guy tomorrow morning to talk about it. I don’t think there’s much that can be done except rip up the tile floor, pour concrete for a proper slope, and re-tile. I’m just hoping Juan will do it for no extra charge. A Times-Picayune photographer is scheduled to show up at the same time, to take pictures of the situation for Stephanie Bruno’s next installment of our renovation story. Maybe that will put Juan in a generous frame of mind.
Update: Juan came early and so beat the photographer. He’s agreed to make it right at no extra charge. At first he thought it could be fixed by just re-doing the lower half of the floor, but I said I wanted a liner so they’ll be re-doing the whole floor as well as part of the lower wall.