Securing a Laundry Tub to the Floor
Using a laundry tub is often considered to be a burden due to the space it occupies, and an alternative is sought in modern washing machines. It serves to be immensely useful, however, if space isn’t an issue and if you have a lot of laundry that requires handwashing. Installation of the tub can easily be carried out at home. An important aspect of the installation is securing the tub to the floor. Though the task isn’t challenging, these helpful tips will allow you to ensure satisfactory results.
Tip 1: Choose the Ideal Location and the Tub
Choose the location of your tub near a drain and water outlet so that distance to any of these sources does not exceed 2 feet. Other than the drain inside the tub, a floor drain should be located near the tub. In case of overflows from the tub, the floor drain will ensure that there is no flooding to create a mess. The size of the tub should complement the space you have available. Smaller tubs are usually compact and serve the purpose for everyday laundry.
Tip 2: Determine the Slope of the Floor
Every floor around a drain is sloped usually at ¼ inch per foot towards the drain to allow standing water to run through. Ensure that the slope of the floor where the laundry tub has to be installed is slightly less than the average. The tub should sit on the floor with the maximum area of its base touching the floor. During washing, the weight of water and laundry exerts high pressure on the base. If sitting on a steep slope, the tub can sag or crack at the pressure points where the base does not touch the floor.
Tip 3: Drill holes cautiously
A laundry tub has holes through which you insert bolts to screw the tub to the floor. Place the tub in its position and use a pencil to draw the holes on the floor. Remove the tub and drill holes through the floor at the drawn points. If the laundry room is located on concrete floor, use a masonry drill to make neat holes for the bolts.
Tip 4: Use Bolts Not Nails
A tub can be removed by simply unscrewing the bolts and pulling it out of its fitting. Therefore, never use nails to hammer the tub into its position. Use standard 3-inch hex bolts and tighten the bolts using the proper tools. Don’t allow the tub to sit loosely in its fitting.
Tip 5: Test the Secured Laundry Tub
After the laundry tub has been secured in its place, test it to detect any defect. Allow the water to run through and check for the slope of the tub. Ensure that water does not get accumulated at the bottom of the tub when it is drained. In addition, ensure that the tub is secured firmly or water may seep through the holes drilled for bolts. Use larger sized bolts if the present ones do not cover the holes completely.