Learning how to remove a bathtub is a relatively easy process, especially if you are a DIY savvy type of person. The bathroom is the most frequently used room of the home. There are many reasons why you may want to remove the bathtub. Perhaps, it is old and outdated and you want a more modern tub placed in the room. Maybe you prefer to expand the amount of room you have in the bathroom and wish to integrate a stand-up shower unit. Or, it could be that the needs of those that live in your home are changing and you require more accessibility in the home. Regardless of your reasoning, this guide can assist you. Continue reading to learn more.
Gather the Necessary Tools
As with any home improvement project, the first step is to gather all of the tools that you will need for the job. These include both tools and materials for the actual project, as well as safety equipment. Let’s start with the safety equipment:
- Face Mask
- Safety Glasses
- Closed-Toe Shoes
- Work Gloves
Next, we will move on to the tools and materials:
- Plastic Sheeting to Cover the Vents in the Bathroom
- Either a Reciprocating Saw or a Saw for Drywall Materials
- Both an Allen Wrench and a Standard Wrench
- A Jigsaw
- A Utility Knife and a Knife for Putty
Turn off the Water Source
First, turn off the main shut-off valve to your home. Immediately thereafter, turn on the faucet to the bathtub and drain out any remaining water that is within the lines.
Remove the Bathtub Hardware
You will need to take out the faucets and the drain. It is best to start with the top-most components and work your way down. Scrape caulking between the wall and the faucet. Look for any type of screw underneath the faucet. Use the appropriate tool to remove it. If no screw is in place, simply turn the faucet counterclockwise. Follow by unscrewing the cover for the drain and/or pry it up. Remove the access panel to the pipes or cut through the drywall to locate them. Once found, disconnect each with a wrench.
Remove the Tile Around the Bathtub
Yes, you need to remove the tile when you are removing a bathtub. Just use a utility knife to score the grout of the tile up about 8 inches of the rim of the tub. You may then use a putty knife to pry off the tile. You should then remove the tile in the same way until all of it has been removed.
Detach the Bathtub from the Wall
To remove the bathtub from the wall, you should first find any screws holding it in place to the wall studs. Then, remove any caulk around the screw. Next, take the fasteners off with either a screwdriver or with a prybar. Keep in mind that the bathtub will be caulked at the bottom. Use a utility knife to remove this caulking. Then, use a prybar to finalize the process.
Get the Tub Out of the Bathroom
The easiest way to get a large bathtub from the bathroom is to use a jigsaw and cut it up into smaller, more manageable pieces that may be taken easily from the room.
There are some great reasons to remove the bathtub. It’s old and you need an upgrade. It’s broken and you need a new one. Or you just want to do without a bathtub and switch to a fancy modern standing shower like this one.
You might have more questions about bathtub removal. We have answers.
How Much Does It Cost to Remove a Bathtub from the Home?
The price of a bathtub removal varies. It depends on the tools that you have to purchase. Generally speaking, those are less than $100.00. If you have a professional remove the bathtub, it may be a little more than this because of the fact that you must pay for the labor and the materials. If you lack the knowledge, skills, and tools for bathtub removal, it is best to opt for professional bathtub removal.
Is it Difficult to Remove a Bathtub in the Home?
Yes, it is considered to be quite difficult to remove a bathtub. This is especially true if you are placing a more modern bathtub in the home or if you are adjusting the space for a stand-up shower unit. If you lack the tools or the experience with such tasks, it will prove to be even more challenging.
How Long Does Bathtub Removal Take?
If you are experienced in bathtub removal, the process may take anywhere from 3-4 hours. If you lack experience in DIY bathtub removal, it could take half a day to an entire day or longer. It is often best to choose a professional because they are capable of completing the task more quickly.
Will Removing a Bathtub Lower the Value of My Home?
Removing the bathtub in your home to go to a more modern bathtub or a shower unit will not decrease the value of your home. In fact, it will actually increase the amount that your home is worth because of the fact that it is a home improvement project.
Is it Better to Remove a Bathtub or Refinish My Current Bathtub?
Refinishing a bathtub is more cost-effective than completely replacing a bathtub. If you have an older tub that you simply want to update and are not concerned about the amount of money that it takes to complete the process, there are many benefits to bathtub removal and replacement.
Do Plumbers Replace Bathtubs?
Yes, plumbers are able to remove and replace bathtubs in the home. They also handle all of the plumbing associated with the job. If you are ready to engage in this home improvement project, you may contact us here at Reynold’s Plumbing, Inc.
Not only do we have the skills and knowledge it takes to quickly remove your old bathtub, we will also install your new bathtub or shower unit to perfection! If you would like to learn more about the services that we offer, or would like to set up an appointment, you may contact us today by calling: 765-966-0994