Can A Bathtub Drain Be Replaced?
If your bathtub drain is corroded, the only fix is to replace it. Although that sounds like it might be a simple task - it's not so easy.
There are 3 aspects of the project that are very difficult for most people.
- unscrewing the drain to remove it
- installing the new drain and tightening it without damaging it
- properly sealing it
If you are not a handyman type of homeowner, we recommend that you call in a professional plumber to do the job.
How To Remove Rust From A Bathtub Drain
If the problem with your drain is rust - you may be able to save it by cleaning it.
It's easy to do, just follow these steps...
1) Use a steel wool or wire brush to remove any loose rust. You won't be able to remove all of it, just the top layer.
2) Fill a spray bottle with 3 parts distilled white vinegar and 1 part lemon juice. So, a spray bottle that holds 2 cups should be 1.5 cups of vinegar and 1/2 cup of lemon juice.
3) Shake the solution in the spray bottle and then spray it generously over the bathtub drain.
4) Shake a generous amount of baking soda over the bathtub drain.
5) Let that all sit for at least 1 hour.
6) Use the steel wool or wire brush again to scrub the drain. This will require a bit of strength so don't be shy to scrub.
7) Rinse it all away.
Caution: be careful not to scratch the surface of your bathtub.
If the rust is so severe that it is not coming off then the next solution is to replace the bathtub drain with a new one.
If you are having problems with your bathtub drain, call Atlantis Plumbing today at 770-443-8229. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.