Bathtub Drain Project in Rochester
A customer called us from Rochester regarding a leak in their basement. When we arrived the customer explained that they would find water on the basement floor after someone would take a shower.
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Bathtub Overflow and Drain Line Problems
We proceeded to the basement while we had the customer run bathtub water. We found that customer had two problems. The first problem was that the waste & overflow on the bathtub was corroded and the customer tried using tape to stop the leak which did not work out. Image to left.
The second problem was that the copper drain line that connected both the vanity sink and the bathtub was corroded and deteriorating.
Two images below of the corroded pipe:
Taking Care of the Drain Line
We advised customer that we should replace the drain line from a 3″ drain line to bathtub and we should replace the waste & overflow. We would leave 1-1/2” copper drain line for the vanity sink connected due to the fact that the piping was in the wall behind the vanity cabinet and that piping could be replaced later only if necessary.
Bathtub Overflow Drain
We cut out the copper drain line and removed the waste and overflow. We installed a new brass waste & overflow rather than plastic. The brass works easier and lasts longer than the plastic trip lever. After we cut out the old copper drain line we showed the customer the inside of the old piping. It was clogged with heavy soap scum. We asked if the bathtub drained slowly when in use and the customer did say that the shower and sink would drain but felt that they were a little slow.
We proceeded to install a new PVC drain line. We ran a new 2” drain line from the 3″ stack pipe. We used a 2″x 1-1/2″ wye (Y) to branch off after the Vanity sink.
We connected on to the existing 1-1/2” copper drain line for the Vanity sink in the ceiling and continued towards the tub. We installed a new 1-1/2” PVC
p-trap on tub and connected with new brass waste & overflow.
100% Customer Satisfaction
We showed the customer the new drain line and customer was amazed at how fast the bathtub and Vanity sink were draining out at the same time. Customer was more than happy to know that now when they take their shower they will not be standing in water and that their basement floor will be dry.
Images of the new PVC drain lines.
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