Tub Drain Repair

Paul Rowe

Do It Yourself Tub Drain Repair

Do you have a problem with your bathtub drain? Maybe when you take a shower, the tub fills up with water, or the water does not drain out when you take a bath. Or maybe the water DOES drain out WHILE you’re taking a bath. These are all problems with the drain and can easily be fixed by the average homeowner. All you need is a few simple tools, knowledge of what type of drain you are dealing with, and some basic know-how.

When you look at your bathtub drain, is there a level that will move the drain plug up and down? Or maybe you have a drain that you need to manually move up and down. This unlevered drain is the easiest type to repair, so we will discuss that one first. To remove the unlevered drain, simply lift the stopper up and turn it in a clockwise motion to release it. Using some adjustable pliers may make this a bit easier to do. Once this stopper is removed you can easily clear out any of the gunk that has built up in the drain and then run hot water to clean out anything that is left. Now you can easily place the new drain in the tub.

If your drain is a levered drain, this is going to take a bit more work, but can still be fixed easily. First you will need to open the drain as far as it will go using the lever. Then take the stopper and rock it gently back and forth until it can be removed from the tub. Once you have done this you will want to unscrew the lever plate and lift the assembly out of the drain. After you have removed everything, you will need to repeat the cleaning process again before you replace the drain and lever. The lever assembly should be scrubbed clean with a wire brush to remove any build-up that may have occurred. If the linkage is damaged, you can easily buy a replacement at your local hardware store. Once you have cleaned everything off and replaced the linkage, you can screw the lever plate back in. Then you will place the new stopper into place and rock it until it attaches to the linkage. Test your work by moving the lever back and forth to see if it is working.

Taking care of simple plumbing chores such as this yourself can save you a lot of money in the long run. If this is your first do it yourself plumbing project, it may take you a few hours to complete, however once you have become a more experienced do-it-yourselfer, projects like this won’t take you much time at all. Before you do any repairs, be sure that there isn’t anything blocking the drain causing the problem. You can do this after you’ve pulled the stopper out. If there is anything blocking the drain, you may only have to remove them using a wire hanger.

Remember just call us and schedule service if you need a professional plumber