Shower drainage is a vital plumbing fixture to capture water and direct it towards the sewage system. You can easily install or replace a shower drain or hire an expert like e Industrial Engineering to do the same. However, installing shower drainage depends on a few factors, including the shower base or the floor material. therefore, Here is a perfect guide to install shower drainage in 7 steps
Install A Compression Style Shower Drain
To attach compression styles shower drain, you only need compression nuts and washers. In addition, it is easier to install as compared to solvent glue drains.
Trim The Drainpipe
The drainpipe should come up to three-fourths to one inch below the lip of the shower drain to fit a compression style shower. Mark the height from the shower drain and remove the base to cut the pipe. Use a plastic tubing cutter or a hacksaw to cut.
Attach Drain Assembly
Now apply a bead of silicone caulk on the top flange of the shower drain opening, then insert drain assembly into the opening. Over the drain, the assembly tailpiece put cardboard friction washer and sealing washer from under shower base. After that, tighten it with channel-lock pliers. Now wipe away excess chalk that has oozed out around the drain assembly.
Position The Shower Base
Now carefully position the shower base to extend the drainpipe up into the drain assembly.
Insert Compression Gasket
Insert the rubber compression gasket down into the drain opening, thread the compression nut into the drain opening, and tighten the nuts with the help of the screwdriver.
Lastly, remove the fitting tool, snap the grate over the drain opening, and let it cure for 24 hours before using the shower.
Install A Solvent Glued Shower Drain
Solvent glued drain assemblies are mainly PVC plastic. If you too have the plastic drainpipe, don’t forget to match the shower drain to the plastic in the drain system. Read on the step to install it easily:
Adjust The Drain Pipe
First, start by measuring the accurate height to adjust the drainpipe by trimming off the pipe at the exact level of the subfloor.
Prepare Drain Assembly
Most solvents glued shower drain assemblies come in several parts: a strainer cover, an upper body, and a lower piece with female threads. Therefore, it is better to begin by disassembling all the drain assembly parts. Now carefully set aside the essential tool, i.e., rubber sealing washer and cardboard friction washer.
Insert Upper Body Of Drain Assembly
Now start by applying a bead of silicone caulk around the flange of the shower drain opening. Immediately after applying it, set the upper body of the drain assembly into the opening and press down with your hands.
Secure Drain Assembly
Below the shower base, first, insert the rubber sealing gasket, then on the upper body’s male thread, place the paper sealing gasket. Then, thread the lower body onto the upper body. Once done, tighten the drain assembly by screwing the pieces. If excess silicone oozes out, you may wipe it away, and lastly, attach the metal grate to the top.
Solvent Glue The Drainpipe To Drain Assembly
Spread some plastic pipe primer from below the shower base, around the outside edge of the drainpipe, and the inner surface on the lower drain body, and don’t forget to spread a thin layer of solvent glue on the same surfaces. Now immediately slide the drain pipe into the socket on the drain body, let it be in place until the bond hardens, and wait 24 hours before showering.
The points mentioned above are handy to help you showcase your plumbing skill without calling a plumber.