Bathtub Drain Replacement: 4 Tips

A bathtub.

If you are no longer able to enjoy a warm bath because of water seeping away, you should consider a bathtub drain replacement. A leaky bathtub drain is not eco-friendly because it contributes to excess water usage that may begin to significantly add up over a period of time. Not to worry: bathtub drain replacement is easy.

You do not need to have special plumbing skills to do the job, nor will you have to spend time and money on a professional. Follow the tips below to have a successful bathtub drain replacement.


To set up your new drain, you need to have all your materials and equipment. A pair of pliers and some silicon lubricating substances are recommended. You may need to buy a bathtub drain kit, some Teflon tape, silicone caulk, and a caulking gun. You should also have some sheets or cloth that will cover the body of the tub so you will not scratch it while you are fixing the drain.

Before you start working, carefully remove and replace everything so you will not break any part of your tub or materials you are using. This will prevent the problem of having hard-to-reach parts in your drain.

Organize and Clean

Remember the order in which you remove the drain, starting from the metal cover to its interior parts. You will reverse this process as you add the new drain. When all the old parts are removed, clean and remove all the residues and filtrates that remain in the drain. Put the drain parts you have removed on the side. You must take care not to accidentally lose parts down the drain.

Work Carefully

Make sure to read all the instructions so you will be able to correctly position everything. Keep everything securely positioned with silicone caulking. Make sure to allow space for positioning adjustments. Finally, apply some sealant under the drain basket to prevent water leaks from the drain.

Test Your New Drain

Once you have changed the drain, let the sealants and the caulking dry, and cleaned the tub, fill the tub with water. Wait for a few seconds and observe if the water level is steady. The tub should be able to hold the water well.

In case the tub is not able to hold the water, review the instructions on your bathtub drain installation. It may take some time, but it is important that your new drain holds well. Once you successfully replace your drain, you will once again be able to enjoy a warm bath.