How To Replace A Bathtub Drain Cover. Eventually, the drain cover in your bathtub will be old and worn and will not work as it should. This is especially true for drains with built-in plugs.
Over time, it becomes evident that it becomes more difficult to operate the plug, the water seems to come out of the tub when the plug is closed and it is difficult to remove the dirty water from the tub when the plug is open. At that point, you need to buy spare parts for your drain and then hire someone to install it or do the work for you. It really is not as difficult as it seems. All you need are channel locks, a Philips screwdriver, a plumber and some clean rags.
Start the project by removing the old drainage mechanism. In your bathtub there is a cover plate that is fastened with two screws. Remove the screws and remove the cover to expose the inside of your drain. Reach and pull this mechanism through the hole in the tub.
If you can not remove all the mechanisms from the wall on the other side of the wall. If you find one, you can remove it and easily remove the broken pieces. However, if you do not have one, you should bend a wire hanger or a similar piece of hooked wire so that you can fish through the small hole.
Now that you have the original parts of the drain, you can replace the damaged parts with your spare parts and reassemble the drain. You will find that you do not need any spare parts. Sometimes, all the mechanisms must be cleaned and the parts must be reassembled correctly.
Examine the parts to find the damaged parts. Then, check if the spare parts you have purchased are the same as the ones you remove. If they are not identical, it is not a good idea to use them. Using the wrong part in your pipes can cause leaks to flood your home.
After reassembling the drainage mechanism, check all parts to make sure they are working properly. Then, try the plug to see if it fits in the drain and plug it in as you should. If all these tests work, you are ready to reinstall the parts of your drain. Do not attempt to install the plug until everything is working properly.
You can use plumbing putty to seal the connections where the pipes and flanges are connected. The mechanism that you use must also be connected to the overflow plate. However, do not close the overflow plate without making sure that the plug is working properly. Once you know that the bathtub holds and drains the water whenever you want, go ahead and seal the plate.
Make sure you have enough putty on the overflow plate when you screw it. Clean any excess material that may be expressing and check that nothing obstructs the overflow of ventilation. Once you have completed these steps, your drain should be as good as new and ready to work for you again.