Fancy a bathroom renovation but aren’t sure where to get started with ordinary bath installation? Then why not check out these handy tips and see if you can fix up a new bathtub all by yourself?
Planning Fitting a New Bath
There are a few things you need to be aware of before you decide to sort out bathtub installation by yourself…
- First of all, do you have access to the isolating valves for your existing hot and cold water pipes? If not, you will need to find it to prevent the possibility of flooding during the installation.
- Are any of your pipes – external or internal – made from lead? This might be the case if you live in an older property, but be warned – lead is toxic, and those pipes should be replaced with plastic or copper models as soon as possible.
- Do you have access to the waste pipe? Again, this will need to be hooked up directly to your bath, so should be located before you begin.
- Finally, does your bathroom contain an extractor fan? This isn’t legally necessary if you already have a window, but these fans do help to ventilate the hot air and help reduce the risk of mould and rising damp – so there is no harm in getting one installed just to be on the safe side.
How to Install a Bath DIY
Installing a new bath can be a complicated and lengthy process, but the one unit closes to a quick fit bath is a completely stand-alone unit that doesn’t have to be sealed against any walls or floors. As a result, the following instructions generally help instruct on how to fit a freestanding bath and how to fit bath taps.
- Firstly, remove the old model if necessary. Take your time to take apart the exterior and fixtures and fittings without damaging any of the internal pipe work.
- Now, assemble the main bulk of the tub according to the instruction manual. Try not to purchase baths or tubs second-hand, as there is often a reason they are being sold on so cheaply; for the highest quality you should always buy a new bath where you can.
- Next, you need to connect the taps and the waste trap and piping to the internal plumbing. Make sure each section is fitted tightly with a tap connector, and make sure all your cables are fitted with earth-bonding to help prevent against possible electrocution once the bath is in use.
- Once that is finished, turn the water on at the mains and check for leaks. If anything is showing even the slightest sign of dripping, tighten up the pipe-work at each connector.
- Finally, all that is left to do is cover up all the piping and any exposed fittings so they looked similar to before you started. If you install a bath as part of a bigger renovation this will involve laying and grouting new tiles and flooring instead of carefully replacing the old ones.
For more detailed advice on how to fit a whirlpool bath or using silicone sealant to fix a bathtub against a wall, you should get in touch with a professional plumbing contractor.
Hiring a Professional Bath Fitter
As outlined above, fitting a new bath can be a challenging prospect, and if you are uncomfortable with any of the steps listed or feel as though you lack the right experience for this sort of job, then you are best off getting in touch a professional plumber instead. They will be able to help source all the necessary materials and provide a team of labourers who can get the job done to a much higher quality than any amateur DIY enthusiast – and probably in less than half the time as well.