How Important Is A Bathtub To Your Home?
High-quality baths, showers, and other bathroom updates are necessary when considering a smart investment in your home. It’s a room that you go to every day and one that is constantly being used by guests.The bathroom is one of the top trafficked rooms in a home and also one of the most valuable in terms of home resale.
This video shows how to Install a Bathtub.
Installing a tub can be a difficult job to complete, and may be a job for a professional plumber. A tub is large and heavy and bathrooms may be awkward in shape and are not usually all that large, which can make removing an old tub and installing a new one a real challenge. However, bathtubs can get worn over time and need replacing.
These installation procedures for your shower tub should allow you to tie into your present drain, waste vent, and supply systems. Once all the roughing in has been completed, you’re ready to assemble your shower and bathtub. Read the steps below on how to install a bathtub.
Step 1 – Install Piping Before Tub
You will be using your existing drain and waste vent system, but pipes required include the hot and cold water supply lines and a pipe leading to a shower head. A mixing valve and shower head are also needed. Air chambers may be required.
Step 2 – Position the Tub
Lower the tub into place so that the continuous flange fits against the wall studs and rests on 1’x4′ or 2’x4′ supports. Anchor the tub to the enclosure with nails or screws inserted through the flanges into the studs.
NOTE: Remember, bathtubs and shower stalls may require support framing. A bathtub filled with water is extremely heavy, so check building codes and framing support before installing the tub.
Step 3 – Assemble Drain Connections
Assemble the bathtub drain connections by connecting the tub overflow with the tub drain above the trap, not beyond it. The trap will have a compression fitting that screws over the arm of the overflow assembly.
Step 4 – Place a Pipe For the Shower Head
First, locate a brass female threaded winged fitting and attach it to a framing support via a screw or a nail. Then run a pipe up the wall for the shower head. Sweat or solder the other side of the brass fitting to the top of the pipe.
Step 5 – Attaching Hot and Cold Water Lines
Attach your water lines for both hot and cold by sweating these directly into the hot and cold ports of the mixing valve. The mixing valve will be how water enters the tub’s system, not by the pipes themselves.
Step 6 – Install the Spout
Extend a piece of 1/2 inch pipe, or whichever length is specified in the manufacturer’s instructions, for the tub spout. Sweat on a male threaded fitting at the end of the pipe or use a brass nipple of the proper length and a 1/2 inch cap.
NOTE: At this point you should have your rough-in plumbing work inspected before proceeding further.
Step 7 – Check For Leaks
Restore the water pressure and check the drain connection and the supply pipes for any sign of leaking.
Step 8 – Restore the Bathroom Wall
Replace the wall with moisture-resistant drywall as a base for your wall covering. Seal the joints between the wall and your new tub with silicone caulk as protection against water seepage.
Step 9 – Install the Shower and Tub Fixtures
The spout, handles, and shower head are all easily attached at this stage. You can usually screw them on to structures you’ve already put in place. For example, the shower head screws onto the shower arm stub out.
Step 10 – Prevent Future Leaks
Whether installing a new shower head or replacing an old one, always clean the pipe threads. Apply new pipe joint compound, PTFE tape, or both to prevent leaks.
Importance of Bath Safety
Being able to complete every day activities such as going to the restroom or taking a bath should not be an issue of safety. However, for many people it is. Regardless of age, a slip or fall can be a devastating event, which can leave a drastic affect on the quality of an individual’s life. The importance of bath safety is even more imperative if you suffer from arthritis, limited mobility or chronic joint pain. If you have one of these conditions you may benefit from having bathroom assistance and safety accessories in your home. Call us (713) 812-7070 for your home service and repair needs.
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