A tub drain is a drain located within a bathtub that is used to remove water from the tub. The drain typically consists of a plug or stopper that can be opened or closed to allow water to flow through it, as well as a pipe that connects the drain to the home’s sewer system. Tub drains can become clogged with hair, soap scum, and other debris, which can cause water to back up into the tub and make it difficult to drain. There are a variety of ways to clear a tub drain, including using a plunger or snake, as well as chemical cleaners.
How to remove old tub drain
If your bathtub drain is old and no longer functioning properly, you may need to remove it and install a new one. This can be a difficult task, but with a few simple steps you should be able to do it yourself.
- First, you will need to turn off the water to your bathroom. This can be done by shutting off the main water valve to your home.
- Next, you will need to remove the drain cover. This is usually held on by a few screws. Once the screws are removed, you should be able to lift off the drain cover.
- Now you will need to locate the P-trap. This is a U-shaped pipe that is located under the drain. Once you have found the P-trap, you will need to disconnect it from the drain.
- With the P-trap removed, you should now be able to see the drain flange. The drain flange is held in place by three bolts. Using a wrench, you will need to remove the bolts and lift off the drain flange.
- With the drain flange removed, you should now be able to pull out the old drain. You may need to use a plunger to remove any debris that is blocking the drain.
- To install the new drain, simply reverse the steps above. First, place the new drain into the drain opening and then secure it in place with the bolts. Next, reattach the P-trap and turn on the water. Finally, replace the drain cover.
Types of tub drains
There are two main types of tub drains, floor drains and wall drains. Floor drains are the most common type of drain and are typically found in bathtubs that are installed on the ground floor. Wall drains are less common but can be found in some tubs that are installed on an upper level.
How to install a new tub drain
If you need to install a new tub drain, the first thing you will need to do is remove the old drain. Follow the steps above to remove the old drain.
With the old drain removed, you will now need to install the new drain. Begin by placing the new drain into the drain opening. Next, you will need to attach the drain to the drain flange. This is done by aligning the drain with the holes in the flange and then inserting the bolts. Once the bolts are in place, you will need to tighten them down with a wrench.
Now you will need to reattach the P-trap. First, align the P-trap with the drain and then insert the slip nuts. Next, you will need to tighten the slip nuts until the P-trap is secure.
The final step is to turn on the water and test the drain. If everything is working properly, you should now be able to use your tub. If you have any leaks, you will need to shut off the water and check the connections.
Tips for keeping your tub drain clean and functioning properly
To keep your tub drain clean and functioning properly, there are a few things you can do. First, you should regularly clean the drain with a plunger or snake. This will help to remove any hair or soap scum that may be causing problems. Additionally, you should avoid pouring harsh chemicals down the drain, as this can damage the pipes. Finally, if you have a tub drain that is frequently getting clogged, you may want to install a drain cover. This will help to keep debris from going down the drain and causing problems.