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shower drain in remodel project

luhar's picture

 Hi – our home is built on a concrete slab and we’re going to have the floors prepped (grinding) and polished. The bathroom shower has a short basin with tile (pics are posted at We would like to remove the shower basin and have the shower floor remain continuous with the rest of the slab. Our floor subcontractor has informed us that he can grind a shallow trough in the slab (shower floor) to direct water to the drain and finish the floor with a non-slip texture. My concern lies with the drain. If we remove the shower basin, what are we likely to find in regards to the drain pipe? Will the pipe protrude above the slab? If so, will we need to jackhammer the concrete around the drain, cut it flush and refill with new concrete?

If anyone has any advice or suggestions we would really appreciate your input!