How To Remove Bathtub Drain
Sometimes your bathtub drain may not work its job genuinely. It is unfortunate when your tub drain corrodes or clogs with unexpected things. While using the tub, there may arise some problems in it. The drain can clog with human hair or body care products through the pipes and drain. And then your bathtub drain fails to function greatly. In this case, you need to replace or clean it. Do not be hyper for not draining your bathtub. There are simple steps for you to remove the bathtub drain with ease. Follow all the steps and get rid of your tub trouble. Always try to check out the condition of your bathtub drain. It is not time-consuming or difficult to remove the bathtub drain. Depending upon the process you are dealing with or type draining, it takes a few minutes to hours. A complete replacement or careful cleaning process is crucial for this situation. Smoothly give concern on the following instruction and enjoy the best result. Bathtubs are not the same. You can find two categories of bathtub drains: Drains with trip levers (plunger and pop-up drains) and simple drains (including Lift-and-Turn, Roller Ball, Foot Lock). You have to find your drain types and follow the instructions step by step.
Type 1: Simple Drains (Lift-and-Turn, Roller Ball, Foot Lock)
Tools and materials that you need to remove your tub drain:
Blow dryer (optional)
Mild cleanser (optional)
A good dumbbell or drain key
Before disassembling, you need to notice the condition of your bathtub drain. A big problem may arise when you indicate excessive amounts of decay, mildew, or rust. In this case, a professional assistant can only help you. You can also wear a pair of rubber gloves and continue your mission by cleaning.
Separate the drain shaft from the roller ball plug or foot lock drain. You have to rotate the shaft counterclockwise simply.
For a lift and turn drain, you have to loosen the setscrew and pull the plug genuinely.
In case of a stuck drain, you need light and medium taps for loosening that. You can also use a screwdriver for nudging when necessary. Do not pressure much because the drain may damage by force.
Use a mild cleanser after exposing the drain basket. You can use baking soda or vinegar to wash the drain. You can replace the plug also. It is better to clean the stopper or plug rather than replacing it.
If you remove the flange or basket, use a good dumbbell or drain key. Until releasing the drain flange, continue turning that counterclockwise. Then remove the flange or basket.
In case of a stuck drain, you can use a hairdryer. It will heat and help to lose the stuck drain. Then test the proper draining by filling one inch of water. Indicate the drains whether it performs slowly or quickly. You have to use strength and commercial DIY drain cleaner if you find it slow draining.
After removing the flange, you have to clear all of the old putty residues. You can re-use the same flange or replace it with a new one.
Type 2: Drains with Trip Levers (Plunger or top-up)
Materials and tools you need for removing this type of drain:
Smart dumbbell (When want to remove the flange or entire drain)
Blow dryer (optional)
Vinegar or baking soda
mild cleanser (optional)
Before beginning, you have to indicate the problem. You need professional services in case of excessive decay, mildew, or rust. If the drain exists in good shape, you can continue this process.
Firstly, use a screwdriver in case of a drain with a visible stopper. As well as also separate the linkage and trip lever faceplate.
When you can not find a drain with a naked plug, remove the screws by using a screwdriver. Then remove the trip lever faceplate as well as the attached plunger.
After disassembling the drain, clean the drain outside and inside. You can wash it with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar or a mild cleanser. Then also clean the stopper or plug. Instead of replacing, it is better to reinsert the cleaned plug.
Then test the proper draining by filling one inch of water. Indicate the drains whether it performs slowly or quickly. You have to use strength and commercial drain cleaner if you find it slow draining.
After using a commercial drain cleaner, reinstall or replace the drain parts. Then install the
flange or drain apparatus by using a good dumbbell or drain key.
By following all of the above procedures, you can remove your bathtub drain effortlessly. If you can not tackle any problem, you can go for a professional service.