Plumbing in the Home/Shower drain pipe color


Hi!  Today the installers finished installing the cover and tiling our remodeled shower.  Through the openings in the new brushed nickel drain cover, the white 2.5 inch drain pipe is clearly visible. It looks awful, especially against the gorgeous green glass and natural stone tiled floor.  The installer said this awful looking white pipe will change color over time and we will not notice it.  Is this true?  With two adults showering daily, how long will this take?  We live in a large metropolitan city and our water comes from a nearby reservoir.  Thank you!

Hi Elizabeth,
Hmmn! I have never heard this problem presented before but let's see if we can find a solution.
Basically the drain pipe will be either white (as yours is) or black. If black would cure your visual dilemma then just take the drain cover off and mask around and spray paint some paint that adheres well to plastic and problem cured. Actually you do have a choice of colors available...perhaps green. Sounds like the brushed nickle drain cover is the slotted type and the visibility is much greater than with the type of drain that has square (about 1/4" square) holes instead of slots which perhaps you could find and change or perhaps even put a screen or something directly beneath the cover as long as it will not slip down the drain.
As for the changing of color----think about that one...the change of color will be a build up of soap residue and dirt so I don't see that as an option. Means you can't clean the drain pipe. It is a good practice to remove the cover and clean the inside of the tail piece (aka drain pipe) frequently. I think most folks do that.
Just give it some thought and you will come up with a good solution. Actually getting a more restrictive drain cover I suspect is what you really need.
good luck, cort

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