Shower Surround Removal

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Removing a shower surround may be a little difficult, but you can usually do it yourself. There are two options a shower surround can be installed, which will determine its removal method. One way is by screws and caulking and the other is by using adhesive and caulking. There are slightly different ways to removing these two types of shower surrounds, and all it takes is a few basic materials.

Remove Fixtures

  • Use a screwdriver or screw gun to take out all of the metal shower fixtures such as faucets, handles, shower head or any accessories that were attached to the shower surround.

Screwed in Shower Surround Removal

  • Cut away all the caulking that is holding the shower surround to the wall with a utility knife. Move slowly while cutting around the edge of the surround wall so you minimize the damage to the underlying surface. Then remove all the screws with either a screw driver or a screw gun. Gently pull away the shower surround from the wall.

Glued In Shower Surround

  • A glued in shower surround is most common. After you have cut away the caulking as specified in the directions above, you can start carefully peeling away the plastic shower surround from the wall. The adhesive will most likely cause some damage to the wall in the removal and the drywall should be repaired with joint compound afterward. Move slowly in removing the shower surround to minimize the repairs needed to the underlying wall or tiles.

Remove Wet Insulation or Debris

  • Remove any wet insulation or debris that is behind the wall after you take out the shower surround. This could cause mildew or mold if it is not taken care of before the new shower surround is installed.

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