Maintenance in the bathroom of your home can seem overwhelming for those attempting a task for the first time, and not in a good way if you have no idea what you are doing. Whether you are installing a bathtub overflow seal for the first time or replacing the one you already have, it may be an idea to check out the plumbing system in your bathroom before you actually begin work. Following this guide will infinitely help you to understand the step by step way to effectively install a bathtub overflow seal.
Installing a bathtub overflow seal successfully is a relatively simple task when you compare it with installing the entire bathtub. However, it is imperative that you get it right first time to avoid problems further down the line.
A leak may actually cause structural damage to your home. Whilst it is unlikely that it will get that far, it has been known to happen. If you really want to know how to do it properly and well first time then follow the step by step instructions below.
Installing A Bathtub Overflow Gasket
Before you commence installing a bathtub overflow seal, make sure that you have the right equipment to hand. You will need screws, bathroom caulk, a screwdriver, pliers and a drain seal. When you have these items to hand, you are ready to begin.
1. You will firstly need to remove the old seal before installing a bathtub over flow seal, if you are in fact replacing an old one. This can be a difficult task because the old seal will likely be stuck firmly in place. Try unscrewing it and then removing it with pliers. If that does not work the use a grease, like Vaseline, to lubricate the area and loosen the fitting.
2. Wipe down the area and remove any caulk that may be left from the old seal. This may peel right off, but if not use a razorblade or similar instrument to loosen it.
3. Place the new seal that you are installing in place with the screws in the holes ready to tighten. This is the tricky part of installing a bathtub overflow seal because it is actually possible to crack the drainage pipes behind the seal, which would result in replacing the whole thing! Gently push the screws back into place and tighten slowly. This should push the drainage pipes back without causing any lasting damage.
4. When you are satisfied that the drainage pipes are fine then tighten the screws as much as possible to fix the overflow seal in place. Installing a bathtub overflow seal is now nearly finished but you should still take care.
5. When the seal is tightly in place, but still being wary of the drainage pipes behind, caulk around the edges to form a watertight seal so that you do not get any leakage.
The main difficulty with installing a bathtub overflow seal is not the installation itself as that it a rather simple process, but more so the fact that one false move with the screwdriver can actually lead to problems with your drainage system itself if you crack the pipes. As long as you take care and take the process slowly, you will not go far wrong.