Tips for Installing Bathtub Stopper


The reason for having a bathtub stopper is to avoid water from going through the drain when you are using the bathtub to fill it with water. When you have been using it for a long time, you will notice that the bathtub stopper will be loose, broken or even worn out and if this thing happened, it is time for you to install a new bathtub stopper. You will find various types of bathtub stoppers available in market nowadays such as the rubber stopper, the pop-up bathtub stopper, lift-and-turn type, the lever-operated type and also the built-in stopper type which is normally used in modern day bathtubs. The most common bathtub stopper is the rubber stopper which is normally linked together with a chain onto the bathtub overflow plate located on the bathtub’s wall. If your bathtub stopper does not work properly or if it is missing, you will encounter with lots of problems like allowing debris or other materials to fall down your drain especially when your children are using the bathtub. Below are some tips that you can learn in order to install bathtub stopper on your own.

To install a bathtub stopper, you need:

  • Dry towel
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Pair of pliers
  • Tub wrench Plumber’s
  • Plumber’s Putty
  • Bathtub drain
  • New bathtub drain stopper
  • Wrench
  • Tub and tile cleaner
  • Soft sponge

Install Bathtub Stopper

Tips for Installing a Bathtub Stopper

  • First thing that you need to do is to determine the location of your valve that controls the water supply that comes to the bathroom.
    • Ensure that the valve is shut off.
    • If there is any remaining water inside your bathtub, you need to dry it by using a towel or rag. Leave it for at least three hours in order for the whole system to dry completely.

Always remember to stop the water supply to your house in order to avoid flooding in your house.

  • You will find that the drain plug is secure with screws.
    • You need to use a flathead screwdriver to unscrew the screws that hold the drain plug. The screws and plug that you have removed should be placed in a safe location and easy for you to look for when you want to re-install it back again.
    • As for drain plug that does not have screws, you can simply turn it in a counter-clockwise manner with pliers or even using your bare hands.
  • Take you tub wrench so that you can put it inside the hole in order to dislocate the drain flange.
    • Turn the drain flange in a counter-clockwise manner with the wrench before you would be able to pull up the drain and forward.
  • You need to use a towel or even use a soft and dry sponge for cleaning the section.
    • Then, you need to spread the area beneath the edge of your drain flange with some plumber’s putty so that you would be able to create a tight seal for not allowing water to leak out of the tub.
  • After that, you can proceed to push the new drain through the hole gently.
    • Turn the new drain in a clockwise way with your tub wrench until it is positioned in its correct position.
  • The next step is for you to take your bathtub stopper and try to insert it into the drain.
    • Make sure that you twist the bathtub stopper according to clockwise manner by using the wrench.
    • Then, press the bathtub stopper down to ensure that it is seated correctly inside the drain.
    • You must allow the drain to dry completely for at least 24 hours.
  • Then, its time for you to turn on your control valve so that you can allow water to flow back into your house system.
    • After that, test your bathtub stopper by filling in the bathtub with water and make sure that you check for leakage or cracks.
    • If you notice any leakage, you need to redo and check again the drain. You might also end up doing a few task of re-tightening of your drain as well as your bathtub stopper.

    Always remember that whenever you want to install a bathtub stopper,

    • You need to place a towel on the bathroom floor beside the tub. You will use the towel for placing all the screws or other dislocated components while you are doing the installation. By doing this step, you will avoid any small pieces to fall into the drain.
    • You can also place any dirty components in a bucket filled with clean water beside the bathtub so that you would be able to clean it at the same time.
    • Take extra precaution and careful whenever you are using pliers and wrenches so that you can avoid risk of injuring yourself during the task.

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