Guide And Tips On How To Install A Shower Drain

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How To Install A Shower Drain

Years of daily use can result in needing to replace new plumbing parts, and a common part is the shower drain. While you could spend money to have a plumber install a new shower drain, it?s easy enough to do on your own. Learn how to install a shower drain with these easy steps.

You probably don?t think about your shower drain very much unless it gets clogged with hair or has a piece that breaks off. Even though a shower drain is a relatively small plumbing part, it?s an important one that may need replacing when you own a home.

If you?ve already shopped around for tips on shower drain installation or just a shower drain, you might be a little confused. Most experts, when talking about a shower drain, are referring to the shower drain cover while others talk about the plumbing directly below the drain.

To make it a little easier, and give you as much information as possible, we will discuss shower drains (regarding drain covers) and some of the plumbing that?s attached to the drain.

Assuming that you already have a shower pan (or floor) in place, we will only focus on the drain part. Installing a shower pan can be done on your own, but it?s a little more labor intensive and requires several more steps and materials.

You are installing a new shower pan

You are installing a new shower pan
Shower floor is getting remodeled or re-tiled
The drain cover is corroded
You want a different style of drain cover
You notice leaking or frequent clogs

When you?re thinking about replacing your shower drain, it?s a good time to inspect the shower pan. If there are cracks or it looks like it might need replacing sooner than later, you may want to consider a complete shower floor remodel.

Depending on the type of shower pan you have and the shower floor you want, you may able to replace both the pan and drain on your own.

When you?re thinking about replacing your shower drain, it?s a good time to inspect the shower pan. If there are cracks or it looks like it might need replacing sooner than later, you may want to consider a complete shower floor remodel.
Depending on the type of shower pan you have and the shower floor you want, you may able to replace both the pan and drain on your own.
While price is often a determining factor when it comes to home improvements, try to find a shower drain that looks like it?s well-made. Cheaper isn?t always your best option, especially if you?re replacing a drain in a shower that?s used on a daily basis.
Replace and install the shower drain when you have time. Even though it?s a pretty straightforward installation, you never know if you?ll encounter issues and if you have to rush through it, you are likely to miss an important step or have your shower out of order.
While most showers are only designed for one person at a time, it?s always a good idea to have someone on hand to help you out. Need a part from the store? Need someone to read instructions? Having another person around to help can speed up this DIY install even more.

It?s also important to note that we will only be discussing how to install a shower drain in a stand-alone shower, not a bath/shower combo (as the plumbing setup is different). If you need to make repairs or modifications to your bathtub, which also has a shower, it may be best to consult a plumbing professional.

Before we discuss the steps of a shower drain installation, it?s a good idea to talk about some of the signs that may indicate that you need to replace your shower drain.

While there are many designs and colors to choose from, when choosing a new shower drain to install, there are two basic types: compression or glue-on. Although linear shower drains are popular and unique, they require a little more time and expertise. The compression and glue-on drains are easy to install, and you don?t need to be a plumbing expert.Compression Shower Drains

Most compression drains are available in PVC, ABS, or brass. Don?t know the difference between PVC and ABS? PVC stands for Poly Vinyl Chloride, and ABS stands for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene.

PVC is white; ABS is black. PVC is a little more flexible, but ABS is shock resistant and more durable. ABS can handle cold temps better, but also contains BPA and sensitive to sunlight (which shouldn?t matter in your shower drain). PVC is supposedly more sound resistant. Both types work well; it?s up to you and your personal preferences.

Compression drains are typically compatible with plastic, steel, or fiberglass shower pans.

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