How to Remove Shower Drain?
How tiring it is to keep standing in the soapy water every time you bath! Water drains out slowly when the shower drain is clogged by any means. In most cases, hair is the main culprit. Besides, soap or minerals of hard water may clog up the drain.
Whatever may be the reason, you should unclog the drain as soon as possible. Of course, standing in the dirty water while you are bathing isn’t something very comfortable. Now to clear the clogs, first, you must know how to remove the drain cover. So let’s learn how to do that.
Some small tools will surely come in handy to save both your time and frustration.
- Caulk gun
- Hacksaw blade
How to Remove shower drain?
The process may slightly differ regarding the drain type.
Most of the standard drain covers are screwed with one or two screws with a lower support. The most common type of shower drain has a Snap-On cover. All you need to do is to simply snap it on to the drain. It holds into place either by the silicone adhesive or by screws. To remove strainers those are held by adhesives, you must exert some force and then pull it.
Below is the step by step description.
How to remove adhesive
First, spray some lubricants over the lip of the cover. Now, wait for a while so that the lubricants can settle into the threads enough.
Then take a pair of pliers that have needle-nose like parts. Now Place the pointed ends at any two opposite sides of the drain. Then Insert the ends of the pliers into any two openings of the strainer.
Finally, grip the pliers firmly and twist it to the left. Spay some more lubricants if necessary. Any drain cover placed by industrial adhesives will come off slowly.
How to remove screw-in type strainer
Let the clogged water drain out completely first. Then wait for a few minutes more. Let the pipes be also free of water.
If the drain has a convex or concave or flat strainer, then simply unscrew it. A 4 inch 1 screwdriver will be enough for this task. Also, don’t forget to keep a paper towel near at hand when you are removing the cover. Hair, as well as soap accumulations, may come out with it.
How to remove Push/Pull type covers
First, turn the screw counterclockwise to remove the top knob of the stopper body. Use pliers. But hold the stopper body in its place. Use a rubber grippy or rag so that it doesn’t cause any scratching.
There’s a brass insert underlying the knob. Also, unscrew it with the flathead.
Finally, lift the stopper.
How to remove Lift-and-Turn type covers
Lift it from the open position first. Now Look whether there’s any screw or not.
If you see no screw, then simply turn the cover counterclockwise and remove.
Or there may be a small screw. Use an Allen wrench or flathead to loosen it enough so that you can remove the stopper.
How to remove Toe-Touch type cover
To open and close the clover you better use your toe to push. That’s from where the name’s derived.
Remove the cap First.
Then turn the stopper counter-clockwise from the open position.
In some models, there may be a shaft cylinder which turns with the cap rotation. Look closely to find the crossbar from where it’s been threaded. Now unscrew it.
If you find any threaded slot in the shaft cylinder, remove it also with a flathead.
How to remove Pop-Up Covers
Some of the pop-up covers can wiggle back and forth. Others, you can pull up and off straight. If the cover is of rocker-arm style, then you have to pull it up. You’ll see the arm as you pull it up.
How to remove Flip-It Style Drain
If your shower drain contains this type of stopper, you won’t need any tools to remove it. Simply grasp the body of the stopper and not the toggle and pull it from the drain. Don’t forget to rotate while you are pulling it up.
I hope you don’t have to fight with your bathtub drain and tolerate the annoying clog-up problem anymore. Identify which type of drain cover you have and collect the necessary tools for this project. It doesn’t sound something difficult, right?