How To Install Low Flow Bathtub Fixtures

What You'll Need
Slip Joint Pliers
Plumber's Tape

When it comes to bathtub fixtures one of the more popular trends today is replacing older ones with low flow faucets. Several years ago, this was not the case. The low flow bathtub fixtures that were on the market did not have the same type of pressure that people were used to. However, as the technology has gotten much better, low flow fixtures still provide adequate pressure while using less water in the process. If you have older fixtures in your bathtub and want to have a greener home, then replace them with low flow faucets.

Step 1: Choose Low Flow Bathtub Fixtures

One of the hardest parts of replacing bathroom fixtures is actually choosing the ones that you want to use. There are thousands of different sizes, shapes, and styles to choose from. As the low flow technology becomes more popular, there will be several more styles to choose from. Take some time to choose a low flow bathtub fixture that will fit in with the rest of your bathroom decor.

Step 2: Remove Shower Head

The first step to installing low flow bathtub fixtures is to remove the current shower head. Use some slip joint pliers and loosen the shower head in a counterclockwise direction. Apply some plumber's tape to the threads on the pipe and screw on the new low flow fixture. Wrap a rag around the connector nut and tighten with slip joint pliers. The rag will protect the finish so it does not get scratched by the teeth on the pliers. 

Step 3: Remove Tub Faucet

Depending on the type of faucet you have on your bathtub, you may need to do a few other steps. Some faucets have the drain stop control integrated into the top of the faucet. If so, this will have to be disconnected and removed. Once that is finished, or if the faucet does not have one, then you can twist off the faucet with some pliers. Wrap a rag around the faucet, in the middle, and twist it off in a counterclockwise direction. 

Step 4: Remove Water Control Handles

The water control handles do not have anything to do with the actual flow of the water, but they must be changed in order to keep the same style. Pop out the center piece with the flat end of a screwdriver. Remove the retaining screw in the center of the handle and remove it. 

Step 5: Install New Fixtures

Start with the water control handles. Place some plumber's tape onto the threads of the water supply tubes. Slide the new handles onto the valve and tighten with a screw in the center. Place the center piece back on and move onto the faucet. The real low flow capability is in the faucet itself. The constricted water valve in the faucet works to keep pressure up while using less water. Apply plumber's tape to the threads of the pipe and start the faucet by hand. Place a rag over the faucet body and continue tightening in a clockwise direction. Tighten the faucet until it is in the correct position.