How to Remove a Tub Overflow Drain

What You'll Need
Replacement Pipe

If you have an aging bathtub, then you may find that the overflow part of your tub drain has become cracked or damaged. Getting rid of this pipe is necessary in order to prevent water from travelling down into the ceiling of the room below. It is no joke when the overflow pipe of the bath starts spilling over like this, as poorly secured floors can leave water damage on your ceiling, or even make the plaster collapse. Prevent this kind of damage by removing the overflow pipe from your tub drain today, and replace it with a new version which is capable of keeping water away from your ceilings. Getting this job done doesn’t need the assistance of a professional if you have some basic home improvement skills. All you have to do is follow a few simple guidelines to get the job done quickly and easily.

Step 1 – Turn Off the Water

The first step is to make sure that all of your water sources are completely turned off. Not only do you want the bath to be empty, but you will also need to turn the mains water supply off from the central valve, which should be located near the outside of the house. This is just in case you remove the wrong pipe by mistake, you don't want a faceful of water, after all!

Step 2 – Unscrew the Pipe from the Tub

Next you will have to remove the screws which keep the pipe connected to the tub. there should be four or five little screws around the edge of the pipe which are securing it to the tub, although this may have been replaced in some models by a bolt, which will need unscrewing using your wrench. However the pipe needs to be undone, once the screws or bolt have been removed, you should push the tip of your screwdriver into the hole between the pipe and the tub, and give a push. This is to help overcome any caulking which has been placed on the outside of the pipe.

Step 3 – Remove the Pipe from the Connections

Once that is completed, you will have to take the pipe away from the drainage pipes which connect it to the waste disposal points. You should be able to unscrew this using your wrench without too much effort, but you may have to wriggle it around a little bit to get the pipes to disconnect. Don't give up at once, the pipe will come away without too much trouble.

Step 4 – Finishing

Before you finish the project you will have to replace the overflow pipe on your tub. Overflow pipes are available from home improvement stores, and are easily fitted back onto the place where you removed the old one. You may have to fasten this using a bolt connection, and remember to caulk around the outside to give a good seal. Turn the water back on when you are done.