How to Install New Shower Jets in Your Shower

  • 8-20 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 200-1,000
What You'll Need
Number of jets wanted
Water jet kit
Pipe wrench
Plumber's tape
PVC adhesive
Pipe fixtures

Shower jets are more than just a way to get clean; they provide a relaxing massage of your entire back after a long hard day at work or play. Installing shower jets is a do-it-yourself project when you have the need, desire, and know-how.

Step 1 - Prepare Area

Once you have decided how many shower jets you are going to install, decide where you would like the shower jets to connect with you when you are enjoying them. You should plot out areas because this will determine how much pipe you will need

Step 2 - Remove Wall for Installation

Remove the wall that is on the plumbing side of the tub/shower system so you can see all the pipes. Cut the pipe and install separate flow pipes for each of the jets that you wish to install. It is very important to consider that each side of the jets will need to be controlled by their own valve in order to maintain consistency in the flow of the water through the jets. If each jet does not have proper valve control, you will find that the water flow will not be consistent.

Step 3 - Install Plumbing

If you have PVC pipe, use a hacksaw to cut through it and install any pipe fittings that you need to redirect the water to the jets. Install the manifold for each side of the jet system to help regulate water flow. Whenever you affix a new pipe extension to your plumbing system, be sure to have plumber's tape and PVC adhesive to ensure you do get a leak behind your wall. Affix all the pipes, feeding the outlets through to the active area of the shower.

Step 4 - Install Jets

Once you have completed the plumbing process behind the wall, put waterproof cement board to reduce the occurrence of mold behind the surfaces of your bath. Cut holes for each of the jet outlets and faucet valves into your shower. Make sure the pipes and the valve pipes are all sticking out through the concrete wall. Tile or finish your shower wall using the recommended or preferred tiling method.

Wait 3 hours for the tile adhesive to seat. Once you are confident that the tiles are secured to the wall, you can install the outlet jets and valve covers and controls to the exposed pipes. If you need to make threads on the pipes, use a thread cutter. Be sure to use plumber's tape to keep the end connections from leaking. Put grout between the tiles and wait another 24 hours or more for the grout to cure. Then apply water sealer over the grout.