How to Replace and Clean a Bathtub Drain

There are times when you may find that you need to replace or wipe out the tub drain. If you try to clean the drain tub first, you may be able to solve any problems that may have caused it to not work first, such as debris in the drain plug of the tub. If it still does not work properly, you have to completely remove and replace the tub drain. Replacements of most can be purchased at home improvement stores.


How to replace the tub drain

  • Determine what type of bathtub drain you have – with or without a mounting lever. A mounted lever drain means that you have the additional hand lever to plug in and unplug the drain from the tub, mounted above your own drain.
  • Turn the lever to the open mode if you have a lever mounted drain cock. If not, go to the next step.
  • Grab the drain plug and turn counterclockwise to unscrew it. Eventually it will come free, even if you have to swing back and forth and move to pull it. A clogged drain may be more difficult to remove, but keep turning and raising it to the drain of the loose tub.
  • Clean the tub drain at this time if this is your final intention to solve your tub problem. If you have a drain refill vat, remove the packaging.
  • Drain the tub Place the new (or clean) in the drain by repositioning the plug and turning the screw in. Your drain has now been replaced.

How to Clean Out a Tub Drain

  • Remove the drainage basin according to the previous steps.
  • Pull any loose residue from the drain plug. Hair locks and dirt can be easily removed with your fingers.
  • Use a toothbrush and a bath cleaner to drain the tub thoroughly. Barkeeper friendly use for rust stains and difficult to clean areas.
  • REINSTALL the clean drain tubing by placing it in the drain hole and screw it counterclockwise until they fit.