Replacing a Bathtub

Many “Do It Yourselfers” replace bathtubs on their own.  However, replacing a bathtub requires a lot of planning. With a bathtub project, there are many points to consider and many things that could go wrong. We will list some of the project considerations below:

Unused Bathroom Drains

In homes with multiple bathrooms or vacation homes, an unused bathroom drain can begin to smell when it isn’t used frequently. This smell may come from tubs and sinks and is due to an unused plumbing trap (also known as a P-trap.) Plumbing traps are found underneath bathroom drains and are U-shaped dips in the pipe. These traps are designed to prevent your bathroom and home from being filled with sewer odors. With normal use of a bathroom, these traps remained filled with water.  The water provides a seal that prevents sewer smells from coming up through the drain.

High Water Pressure

If you think you have high water pressure, you will want to address it immediately.  High water pressure can cause your toilets to run, leakage in your pipes, and even more serious issues. If not handled right away, non-insulated or loose pipes can hammer against the wall or against other pipes, causing potential internal damage or bursts.

Leaking Toilets

If you suspect a leak in your toilet, you should test it right away. The toilet is the largest consumer of water in your home and generally accounts for over 25% of the total water you use!  There are some simple steps you can take to test a toilet for leaks.

Clogged shower and tub drains

Most bathroom drain clogs are the result of dirt, hair and even skin flakes combined with soap scum. This nasty combination can build up on the walls of drain pipes and reduce water flow. Bathroom drains clog gradually.  If possible, try to improve water flow before you have a major clog.