Homeowners choose to renovate their bathrooms for a number of different reasons. Some homeowners simply want to update their bathrooms, whereas others renovate to fix serious issues such as mold growth or plumbing leaks.Regardless of the reason, homeowners will most likely need to take their bathtub out before they can begin the renovations.
Learn how to remove a bathtub without help from a professional, following these six simple steps::
- Turn off the water.
- Remove the drain cover & overflow drain cover.
- Disconnect the drain pipes.
- Cut into the drywall.
- Cut into the caulk.
- Remove the tub.
Turn Off the Water
The first step in the process of removing a bathtub is turning off the water. Your bathroom may have its own cutoff valve, but if not, turn the water off in the entire house until this project is complete.
Remove the Drain Cover and Overflow Drain Cover
Use a screwdriver to loosen the screws that hold the drain cover, overflow drain cover, and spout in place. If the covers will not come off, use a flat-head screwdriver to pop the covers off. If you don’t see screws on the spout, try twisting it to the left to remove it from the wall.
Disconnect the Drain Pipes
You will need to gain access to the drain pipes in order to disconnect them. The drain pipes are located underneath the tub, so you will need to cut through the drywall or floor to access these pipes.
Locating the pipes is the hardest part of this step. Once you have access, use an adjustable wrench to loosen the nuts and disconnect the drain pipes.
Cut Into the Drywall
You will need a drywall saw to cut into the drywall around the tub in your bathroom. This may seem excessive, but cutting the drywall is the only way to access the nails and screws that hold the tub in place.
Use the drywall saw to cut out six inches of drywall starting at the tub’s rim and moving upwards. You will need to do this on each of the tub’s sides.
Cut Into the Caulk
Use a utility knife to cut into the caulk between the bathtub and flooring. This will separate the tub from the flooring and make it easier to remove.
Remove the Tub
Ask a friend or family member for help with this step. One person should lift one end of the tub while the other slides either a pry bar or wooden plank underneath it. Repeat this on the other side of the tub. Then, pull the tub away from the wall. A tub can weigh hundreds of pounds, so do not try to pull it out on your own.
The tub should easily slide out once the planks or pry bars are placed underneath it. If it’s not moving, make sure that all of the pipes have been disconnected. A tub may not budge if it’s still connected to your house’s water supply.
Make Your Dream Bathroom A Reality
Now that the tub is out of your bathroom, you are free to move forward with the rest of your renovations. Whether it is simply installing an updated high end tub or turning your bathtub into a luxurious shower system, it’s time to bring your vision for your bathroom to life!