So, you are planning to give your bathroom a bit of sprucing up, with definite plans for a new bathtub installation. The old one may be cracked and leaking, causing damage to the floors. Perhaps is might as well be the desire for something new. Whatever your reasons, it is necessary to understand how to install the bathtub properly. Here are the basics of what you should know.
• First, know the dimension of the space available paying keen attention to the tub area so that you can pick the right bathtub size. Using a tub that does not fit perfectly will only frustrate the job at hand. Ensure the drain is on the same side as the previous bathtub to avoid changing the plumbing.
• Know the kind of tub you are to install and the type of finish you wish to achieve in the room. Also, gather all the materials and gear you will need for the job such as the pipes, fitting, screws, nails, hammer, and any tool or equipment.
• Turn off the water supply before starting to remove the old tub. Drain the water in the piping by opening the faucet underneath the level of the bath. You can then proceed to remove the taps from the main water supply pipes and then tub drain. After that, remove the spout, faucet, and drain. Check how the tub is installed to the floor and remove it accordingly; avoid just prying it off the floor.
• Bring in the new tub and place it where it should be installed and make the top of the wall it will touch. It will help you correctly put the bathtub supports as you also adjust the piping. Place back the tub and fix the connection for the drains with the trap lower than the drain to ensure the water drains off properly.
• You can then fix the faucets and ensure the nipple and caps are firmly in place for the hot and cold taps. After that, turn on the water supply and let it fill the tub so that you can check for leaks in the pipes and how the water drains. If all is well, finish the bathtub installation with placing the tub surround.