bathtub repairIf you want to learn about bathtub repair, then you’ll want to read this article. Specifically we’ll discuss how to identify what part of the tub is in need of repair, what to do for some basic repairs and when to get help. After reading this article, you should be able to decide whether you’re ready to tackle that bathtub repair yourself or call in a professional.

How to Troubleshoot Your Problem

The first thing you’ll need to do is determine what exactly the problem is. If you’re having a leak from the bathtub, try to determine where the water is coming from. There are basically only a few options for where the water can be coming from. The options are: the tub itself might have a crack, the drain pipe might be leaking, the fixtures running water into the tub, or the surrounding housing such as the grout or caulking.

It is of course possible for more than one of these areas to be problematic. So the key will be to carefully determine which area is causing the problem. Once you have isolated your problem area, you’re ready to decide if the repair is something that you can handle.

Some Basic Tub Repairs

In each of the problem areas, there are varying levels of difficulty for making the repair. Let’s take a look at some of them. Caulking is probably one of the easiest things to repair. Some important things to remember are make sure that you let the area completely dry out for several days, and that you remove all of the old caulking and thoroughly clean the area before beginning the repair.

Fixtures and faucets might only need to have a washer or rubber seal replaced in order to seal up a leak or a drip. Depending on the model of your tub, this might be an easy thing to attempt on your own.

Grout and tile work can be a tricky business. Certainly most people can do it, but not necessarily do it well. And remember that it is also a fairly time consuming project. So be sure to weight the decision carefully about whether to get help with this one.

Getting Help With Tub Repair

When the tub itself is leaking or if something goes wrong in the process of attempting a bathtub repair, it might be a good idea to have the number of an emergency plumber handy before you start your repair project.

Which Way to Go With Bathtub Repair

Take some time to figure out what your issue is, and whether or not you have the skills, inclination and time to take on the problem, and you’ll know which way to go with your bathtub repair – DIY or call in the experts.


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