Caring for plumbing bathtub drains is a tedious task. You need to take much care on the part of the plumber for going about with maintaining plumbing bathtub drains in the correct way. This can best be achieved only by opting for the services and help of a skilled, experienced and qualified plumber. Bathtub drains pose certain hurdles, which need to be overcome while meticulously managing plumbing bathtub drains.
Plumbing bathtub drains – repairing broken tub drain
Repair work of plumbing bathroom drains involves wire coat hanger, needle-nose pliers, slip-joint pliers, screwdriver, putty knife, towel, plumber’s putty, heat proof grease, overflow plunger, trip lever and linkage.
Generally plumbing bathroom drains may involve the following repairing procedures:
· The wire coat hanger needs to be straightened and one end of it is to be bent into a fishing hook style. The broken pieces from the drain can be removed in the manner of fishing out.
· The old plunger needs to be compared with the replacement part. They need to be of the same size. The old plunger too may be used if it is in good shape with some cleaning and replacement of the assembly parts. It is better if some plumber’s grease is applied along the edge.
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The mechanism is linked to new overflow plate by use of supplied pin. The new plunger mechanism is put back into position and overflow plate is secured with screws. The drain is to be tested to ensure that it works by closing it and filling the tub with some water. The plate is to be removed and the seam is to be sealed with plumber’s putty. An area should be left open at the bottom of the plate for permitting overflow. Finally, the plate is to be reinstalled and fixed with screws. Finally, the excess plumber’s putty is to be removed by cutting away.
Plumbing bathtub drains – clearing up bathtub drains
Removing blockages of plumbing bathtub drains may be accomplished by running hot water through the drain or using plunger or employing the chemical method (often as last resort). If you are using a plunger then the overflow outlet needs to be plugged beforehand. If none of the above mentioned methods prove successful in removing clog from the drains then the cover of the drum trap situated beneath the bathtub needs to be removed. However, this may be quite difficult.
To ease out the process of plumbing bathroom drains, removal of drum trap is required and for facilitating this good grade of penetrating oil needs to be applied to the drum trap cover. After letting it settle for some time a large wrench may be used to remove the cover. If the wrench fails to remove it then a hacksaw may be used to cut notches on the edges of the cover. This is to be followed by use of hammer and punch or cold chisel attempting to remove the cover. After successfully removing the cover the clogged pipes of plumbing bathroom drains are cleared by using a drain auger.