Having a problem with the drain stopper in your bathtub can be a nuisance, especially if you love to take long bubble baths. You do not have to call a plumber to replace the bathtub drain stopper for you. This is a job that you can do by yourself with the right tools. All you have to do is follow the simple step by step instructions provided here and you can have your bubble bath ready in no time.
- Materials that you need. The materials that you need are plumber’s putty, a new drain and a wrench. Go to your local hardware store and purchase a bathtub drain that is the exact style as the one you are replacing so that you will have no problems later on. You will also need a special kind of wrench for this. Buy a tub drain wrench. This is also available in any hardware store near your area.
- Detach the drain from the tub. The first thing that you have to do is to detach the drain plug from your bathtub. To do this, twist off the plug using a counter clockwise direction. The drain plug will eventually come off from the tub. Next, you can remove the main drain component. Use the tub wrench to do this. Unscrew the drain until you can get it out from the hole in your tub.
- Replace the old drain stopper. Now you can replace the old drain. In some instances, the drain that you buy from the hardware store comes with instructions. Read the instructions first to see how you can properly install the drain. Get the drain extension and add a bit of plumber’s putty on the sides. This will make sure that the water does not seep through. Place the drain component first into the hole. Use the wrench to secure it inside using a clockwise direction. Check to see if it is fully installed inside. Afterwards, add the drain plug or the stopper. Place it in the hole and twist in a clockwise direction until it is securely in place.
- Test the new drain stopper. Now you can test your new drain stopper. To do this, pull the drain down so that it closes the hole. Turn on the water in the bathtub and allow it to fill up the tub about a few inches. Turn off the water and observe if the water holds inside the tub. If it still does not hold, repeat the steps above until your drain stopper works well.
These are the simple instructions on how you can replace a bathtub drain stopper that is defective. It is good to know some minor repairs at home so that you can do them by yourself and not rely on professionals to do it for you. This will save you some money for the installation. Make sure that you clean your bathtub and test the drain stopper component once in a while to see if it still works well.