You have finally made up your mind to give your bathroom a much-needed face-lift by installing a new bathtub. Sometimes the need for a new bathtub is out of necessity if it is cracked and old or even leaking which will cause damage to your home. At other times, the need for a new bathtub is merely the want of a better design or color, or just a need for a change in décor. No matter the reason, it is vital that you know the steps to take to properly install a bathtub.
So, you are ready to spruce up, refresh, or repair your bathroom, which might mean installing a bathtub. Why should you replace the bathtub? Well, for many people, it is a matter of necessity. Perhaps the bathtub is old and cracked or maybe it is leaking and causing damage to the bathroom. For others on the other hand, it is simply a matter of wanting something new, a better design, or you are just tired of looking at the same bathtub day after day. Whatever your reasons for a new bathtub, it is important that you understand how to install it properly.
The first thing you need to do before you can install your new tub is to make sure you have picked up everything you need. For example, you want to make sure you have measured the tub area, and then choose a bathtub that is just the right size. Buying a tub that is too wide or long will be cause for massive frustration and possible financial issues as well. Make sure you have all the pipes, fittings, screws, nails, and other necessities. Installing a bathtub correctly without all the proper materials is downright impossible. Therefore, the first step in bathtub installation is to ensure you have everything you need to get the job done right. If in doubt, ask for help at your local hardware store.
Then the fun starts. To avoid damage and disaster when installing a bathtub, make sure you turn off the water before you start your project. One of the most common mistakes made by homeowners when replacing their bathtub is failing to turn the water off in the home, before disconnecting the old pipes. This can lead to flooding within the home, floor damage, wall damage, and expensive repairs. In order to avoid this kind of damage, make sure you remember to turn off the water in the home first.
Before installing the new bathtub to its chosen area it is important to make sure that you attach and tighten all the new pipes properly, as well as secure the bathtub supports. Once this is done, you will place the connections for the drain, while making sure that the trap is lower than the drain to enable the tub to drain properly. Then you will be ready to connect the hot and cold water lines to your new bathtub. Once these are secured with the nipple and caps you will then turn the water back on. You should check for any leaks of all drains and pipes and correct any possible problem before finishing with your installation of the tub.
Once you are sure there are no leaks whatsoever, you will finish the job by adding a tub surround. Sometimes these are included with the purchase of a new tub, or they can be purchased separately and you can always create your own by use of drywall or tiles that are water resistant. If you understand the precautions that must be taken, installing a new bathtub can be an easy project.
When buying your new tub, make sure to ask about all materials you will need to install it so you don’t have to keep running back to the store. Being organized and having everything you need within reach, including installation instructions, will make your bathtub installation much easier.