If you’re tired of the old bathtub and thinking of replacing it with a better unit by yourself, you should know that it’s a serious DIY project. While you can tackle this job alone, it’s a good idea to have a friend or a professional to help you.
In Utah, a tankless water heater is usually added to a bathtub installation. You may consider getting one too and looking for people who can help you with the installation. All Hours Plumbing and HVAC highly recommends hiring professionals to do the job.
Here are the steps you should follow when installing your bathtub:
Before attempting to remove the old tub, you need to have experience with plumbing work. The tub’s water supply is typically larger and heavier than most plumbing fixtures out there. Remove the faucet, drain, and spout first. If you have a freestanding bathtub, you only need to disconnect the pipes.
If the old bathtub is between two walls, disconnect the pipe where the shower head and faucet are located. Pull it out. If unsuccessful, you can remove the parts of the wall where the pipes are located and cut them. You are now free to remove the tub. On the other hand, you can also use a sledgehammer to remove the old tub. Just put some drop cloth over the tub and wear protective gear before you start swinging.
Installing the New Bathtub
If you managed to remove the plumbing from the old bathtub without breaking it, congratulations! Now, you must remove the old unit and bring in the new one. If the new one has the same size as the old tub, you can repeat the removal process but in reverse. Make sure you don’t install the tub facing the wrong side.
You must modify the piping and repair any broken walls if you’re installing a differently sized bathtub. To avoid potential mold and moisture problems, use cement backer board under the bathroom tiles.
Tub Positioning and Connection
Measure and mark the tub’s ledger carefully, and then attach the board support. Position the tub on its side and install the drain and water supply pipes. Once these items are secured, it’s time to connect the stopper.
Putting the Tub Finally in Place
Lift the tub, and then insert the drain and water piping assembly. You can secure the flange to the wall studs. You can now finish the walls, but only if the new tub is level.
Installing a new bathtub is beneficial to the entire family, but you must make the right decisions. Find out how you can ensure the success of your property.