DIY Your Denver Home: A Guide to Bathtub Drain Replacement

Denver homeowners often find satisfaction in tackling DIY projects around their homes, and one common task is bathtub drain replacement. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps of replacing a bathtub drain yourself and explore options for professional remodeling help.

Why Replace Your Bathtub Drain?

Before we dive into the DIY process, let’s explore why you might want to replace your bathtub drain:

  • Enhanced Functionality: A new drain can improve the draining efficiency of your bathtub, preventing water from pooling.
  • Updated Aesthetics: Upgrading your drain can refresh the overall look of your bathroom, making it more modern and appealing.
  • Preventing Leaks: An old or worn-out drain can lead to water leaks, which can cause structural damage to your home. Replacing it can help avoid this issue.
  • Personalization: You can choose a drain that matches your bathroom’s style or opt for innovative features like a built-in stopper.

DIY Bathtub Drain Replacement: Step by Step

Materials Needed:

  • New bathtub drain assembly
  • Adjustable pliers or wrench
  • Plumber’s putty
  • Screwdriver

Step 1: Prepare Your Workspace: Clear the area around your bathtub and have all your materials and tools at the ready. You may also want to put on some old clothes to avoid getting dirty.

Step 2: Remove the Old Drain Cover: Use a screwdriver to carefully remove the old drain cover. This will expose the drain beneath.

Step 3: Loosen the Drain: Use adjustable pliers or a wrench to loosen and remove the old drain. Turn it counterclockwise to unscrew it from the drainpipe.

Step 4: Clean the Drain Area: With the old drain removed, clean the drain area and remove any remaining plumber’s putty or debris.

Step 5: Apply Plumber’s Putty: Roll plumber’s putty into a rope-like shape and place it around the underside of the new drain flange. Press the flange into the drain hole in the bathtub.

Step 6: Secure the Drain: Insert the new drain assembly into the drainpipe, turning it clockwise to tighten it. Use adjustable pliers or a wrench if needed, but be cautious not to overtighten.

Step 7: Check for Leaks: Turn on the water to check for any leaks around the new drain. If you observe any leaks, tighten the drain assembly slightly.

Why Consider Professional Remodeling?

While DIY bathtub drain replacement is achievable for many homeowners, there are situations where professional assistance is recommended, such as those provided by West Shore Home®:

  1. Complex Plumbing Issues: If you encounter unexpected plumbing complications during the process, professionals have the knowledge and tools to address them effectively.
  2. Custom Bathroom Remodels: For major bathroom renovations or custom bathtub installations, professionals can ensure that your project is executed to the highest standards.
  3. Local, Trusted Installers: With West Shore Home, you receive a team of company-trained and employed installers, avoiding subcontractor work and DIY mishaps.

While DIY bathtub drain replacement can be a rewarding project for many Denver homeowners, it’s crucial to recognize your limits and when to seek professional assistance. For more complex plumbing tasks or extensive bathroom remodeling, consider reaching out to professionals like West Shore Home. Contact us today to get started on your project.