Are you struggling with a constantly overflowing tub? Is your bathroom constantly flooded with water, making it impossible to take a relaxing bath? If so, you're not alone - this is a common plumbing problem that many homeowners in Cumbria face. Fortunately, there is a simple DIY solution that you can try to block the overflow drain in your tub, and we're here to guide you through it.
At Drainage Cumbria, we specialize in unblocking and repairing drains, but we're also here to help you with simple household plumbing tasks. In this landing page, we'll explain step-by-step how to block your overflow drain in your tub, so you can enjoy a relaxing bath without any water leakage.
An overflow drain is a secondary drain that is installed in bathtubs and sinks to prevent water from overflowing when the primary drain is clogged or obstructed. It typically consists of a small hole or opening located near the top of the bathtub, underneath the overflow cover or plate. The overflow drain connects to the main drain pipe and allows excess water to escape if the water level rises too high.
While an overflow drain is an essential feature of your bathtub's drainage system, it can sometimes cause more problems than it solves. If the water in your bathtub is constantly overflowing through the overflow drain, it can lead to water damage and mold growth in your bathroom. In addition, a constantly overflowing tub can be frustrating and make it difficult to relax and enjoy a long soak in the tub. Blocking your overflow drain is a simple solution that can help you avoid these issues and enjoy your bath in peace.
Here is a step-by-step guide to blocking your overflow drain in your tub:
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Before you start blocking your overflow drain, you'll need a few supplies:
Step 2: Measure the Depth of Your Overflow Drain
The first step is to measure the depth of your overflow drain. This will help you determine how much water you need to add to your container to create a seal over the overflow drain.
Place the end of your measurement tool at the bottom of the overflow drain and carefully insert it until it touches the surface of the bathtub. Take note of the measurement, as this will be the depth that you need to fill your jar or container with water.
Step 3: Fill Your Jar or Container with Water
Fill your jar or container with water up to the depth that you measured in the previous step. The water should be able to create a seal over the overflow drain without overflowing into the bathtub.
Step 4: Add a Waterproof Sealant to Your Jar or Container
Apply a waterproof sealant around the lid of your jar or container to ensure that the water doesn't leak out. You can use any waterproof sealant, such as silicone or plumber's putty. Allow the sealant to dry completely before using your jar or container.
Step 5: Place the Bag over Your Overflow Drain
Place the small bag, such as a coffee filter or tea bag, over your overflow drain. Make sure that the bag is large enough to cover the entire opening and create a seal.
Step 6: Place Your Container Over the Bag
Carefully place your jar or container over the bag, making sure that it creates a tight seal over the overflow drain. You can apply a little pressure to ensure that the seal is tight.
Step 7: Test Your Seal
Turn on the water in your tub and let it fill up until it reaches the top of your bathtub. If your seal is effective, the water should not overflow through the overflow drain. If you notice any water leaking, you may need to adjust the bag or the container to create a tighter seal.
Step 8: Enjoy a Relaxing Bath!
Once you've successfully blocked your overflow drain, you can enjoy a relaxing bath without any fear of overflowing water. Just remember to remove the container and bag once you're finished with your bath.
Blocking your overflow drain in your bathtub is a simple DIY task that can save you from frustrating water leaks and water damage in your bathroom. With the step-by-step guide provided above, you can easily block your overflow drain using materials that you already have at home. However, if you experience any other drainage problems or need help unblocking your drains, please contact Drainage Cumbria at 01228 734162 or email us at [email protected]. Our team of professionals is always here to help you with plumbing tasks and provide expert advice on drain-related issues.