Should Tub Drain Match Faucet?

“Should I match a tub drain with my new faucet?” This is one of those questions many ask when first moving into a new home. New home builders are sometimes quick to install their brand new faucet with the old tub drain. This is not a bad idea, after all they have had plenty of time to learn the proper installation of their new plumbing system. But as we all know plumbing can be a bit tricky. So let’s take a moment to look at a few plumbing tips that will help you when deciding whether or not to match your drain to the new faucet.

First off you need to measure the pipe from where you can see the water coming out of the faucet to the floor drain. Now remove the old drain from the pipe. If it is plastic pipe, it may be easier to just cut it with a razor blade and pry it loose from the pipe. Once the old drain is taken out, find the pipe behind it and measure it to find out how long it is. This measurement is going to be the part that will determine whether or not you will need to install a new drain.

Now it is time to install the new pipe. Take careful measurements of the space in which you will place it. Write down those numbers on the pipe so you do not get lost along the way. You may even want to mark the pipe so you do not forget them.

Install the new drain by using plumber’s putty. Make sure you follow the directions that accompany this plumbing tip. Lay the pipe over the drain and position it correctly. Then attach it to the pipe coming from the tub, making sure the overflow hole is in the correct spot.

If you are connecting a new shower fixture to an older tub drain, there are several things to keep in mind. Older fixtures are likely to have more bends in them than the newer ones are. This can cause a clog in your new faucet. The best way to solve this problem is to make sure the bends are straight. Simply push the flange aside and check to see if it is straight.

If you are attaching the new fixture directly to the old drain, you may have to take out the old plumbing to get it in. You do not want to damage the drain as you are reconnecting it. If the old plumbing is going to come apart, you may have to remove the pipe all together.

When you are installing the new fixture, the old one, flush the whole plumbing to make sure there are no leaks. Also, flush the water out of the pipes that connect to the faucet. Connect the pipe to the new fixture and if possible, turn on the water to ensure that it flows properly. If you cannot turn on the water, then you may have to use a wrench or pliers to turn the pipe on its side. This should help you to have a fully functional faucet.

Should you choose to replace your existing tub drain with a new one, there are a few things that you should consider. One thing is the availability of plumbing companies in your area. You want to be sure that if there is a problem with your faucet, they will be able to come out quickly and fix it. Another thing that you should consider is whether you want to purchase a brand new faucet or simply have the old one replaced.