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How to Install a Compression Shower Drain

Posted on January 17th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Adding a Compression Drain In Your Shower

Compression shower drains are considered to be easier to install compared to other types of drains. If you believe the drain in your shower needs to be replaced, read on about this option.

What Are Compressions Shower Drains?

Compression shower drains attach to the drain pipes in your home with compression washers and nuts. If you are switching from a shower-tub combo and are adding the drain to the bottom of your shower, more than likely, you will need to change your drain pipes as well.

Compression drains can be made from PVC, ABS, or brass, and are compatible with the following shower materials:

  • Steel
  • Fiberglass
  • Plastic Bases

Installing a Compressions Shower Drain 

Before you start installing the compression shower drain, it is essential first to install it into the shower base. If you are purchasing a kit, then make sure that the compressor washer and nuts are included before you start the installation. Be sure you purchase a 2” shower drainpipe, as this is the standard size.

Follow these steps to install your new drain:

  1. Put your shower base in, but do not install it yet. The drain should come up to ¾ to 1 inch below the lip of the shower drain. Make a mark on the pipe at the appropriate height, remove your shower base, and cut your pipe.
  2. Put silicone caulk or plumber’s putty on the top flange of the fitting for your shower drain. Now insert the tailpiece of the drain into the drain opening. You will need to install the cardboard friction ring as well as the large rubber washer onto the tailpiece. However, this is done from under the shower base.
  3. Tighten the shower drain, and do not skimp on the tightening. Cut or wipe away any excess silicone or putty.
  4. Place in your shower base, ensuring the rubber gasket is pushed into the drain pipe. The gasket should fit very snuggly;  you may need a screwdriver to help you install it. Be careful not to stab holes into the rubber gasket.
  5. A specialty tool is sold with these types of shower drains to allow you to tighten the nut from the inside of the drain. With this being said, tighten the nut on the inside of your drain.
  6. If you used plumber’s putty, then once the nut is tightened, you are ready to use your shower. However, if you used silicone caulk, then you must let the caulk dry before testing your drain to ensure it does not leak.

Remember, it is essential to properly install a new shower drain to ensure you do not end up with leaks. If there is even the smallest leak, then you will eventually find that there is mold growing underneath your shower base. 

Professional Drain Installation

If you have any questions or need assistance with your shower drain installation, then make sure you call on a professional team such as Jupiter-Tequesta to help you with your needs. The easiest way to install a new shower drain is by trusting our team of pros. 

Contact us at any one of our locations to get started.

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

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