What steps do I take to install a new bathtub?
Installing a new bathtub may seem like an easy enough project to take on by yourself. You turn off the water, remove the tub, put the new one in, and you’re done, right?
Not so fast! Yes, installing a new bathtub is possible to do on your own, but this renovation project should not be undertaken without some basic knowledge of plumbing, the right tools, and someone to help with the heavy lifting.
If you happen to have all these things at your disposal, you can follow these steps on how to install a new bathtub successfully.
- Turn off bathroom water
The first step to take when installing a new bathtub is to turn off the bathroom water. By doing so, you can avoid any unwanted water from entering your home during the project.
- Measure your old bathtub and remove it
Measuring the dimensions of the previous tub in place should give you a clearer idea of how to get it out of your bathroom and house. Occasionally, homeowners need to remove the toilet and sink as well to create enough space for the tub to be removed. Be sure to keep an eye on those doorways too. Removing a tub just to find out you can’t get it through the door is never an ideal situation. If the measurements check out and you’ve disconnected the drain and unscrewed the waste and overflow unit, cut through the caulk and pry the tub away from the wall.
- Prepare the new tub for installation
After the previous tub has been uninstalled and you’ve received assistance removing it from your home, inspect the walls and floor surrounding the tub space. If there is any slight damage from removing the old tub, now is a great time to do those repairs. Once you’ve identified and remedied any damages, ensure that the new tub drain connector and waste and overflow units will fit properly.
- Install the new tub
Being cautious as to not damage any of the units near the tub, place the new tub in the correct space. Then, connect the drains and overflow plates. After everything is connected again, turn on your water and run it through the tub to check for any leaks.
- Caulk it up
When the drains are connected, and tub is in the correct position, it’s time to secure it in to the wall studs. After this, caulk up any spaces between the tub and walls or floors. If you don’t caulk these areas, leaking water could gather under the tub and cause structural damage.
- Check your plumbing code
After you’ve finished this project, you’ll want to check the plumbing codes and legislation in your area. You may need to get your tub inspected by a licensed plumber.
As stated before, this is a very labor and knowledge intensive project to take on by yourself. If you need some assistance, call Christian Brothers. We have expert level and well experienced technicians who can walk you through this process as well as help you out if needed. There’s no need to fly blind when you can have one of our technicians at your home in no time.