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How to install a freestanding bathtub


Once you’ve read this you will see how easy it is to install a freestanding bathtub However, we recommend using a tradesperson who is fully qualified under the legal requirements for building and plumbing.

A freestanding bathtub is a good choice. It is functional and decorative and can make your bathroom into the perfect wellness space.

Whether redoing an existing bathroom or installing a new one, knowing the best way to install a bathtub lets you work effectively and deliver the results expected by the customer. Today we are going to go through the process step by step.

→ You might be interested in: How to renovate a bathroom without building works.

Materials and tools for installing a freestanding bathtub

Before actually installing a freestanding bathtub, you have to gather together everything you are going to need.

The process will take one or two people roughly 2-3 hours, depending on the bathtub and its format.

So, what you need is:

  • The freestanding or unit-free bathtub and its installation manual.
  • Rule and pencil.
  • Spirit level.
  • Drain and trap.
  • Copper pipe and flexible PVC pipe.
  • PVC sleeve and/or reducer to marry the outflow to the existing pipework.
  • PVC adhesive.
  • Silicone and applicator gun.

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Steps to install a modern freestanding bathtub

1. Installing the bathtub

Before installation, prepare the space for the freestanding bathtub. You have to make sure that the area in which you are going to position the bathtub is clean, dry and perfectly level. That is essential to provide adequate support for the bathtub.

When you put the bathtub in its final position, you must check that the feet have been adjusted so that it does not move or wobble.

2. Installing the tap and trap

Now it is time to install the tap and trap. The trap is then connected to water outflow pipe in your existing pipework. You must follow building and plumbing code requirements throughout, but particularly when connecting up the trap and existing pipework.

3. Seal and check that everything is okay

After the last step, run the water to check for leaks and seal them off.

To finish, seal the edges of the base of the bathtub to the floor with a silicone gun. And now all that remains are the finishing touches so that the job meets the customer's expectations.

→ If instead of learning how to install a bathtub you want to learn how to install a shower, this will interest you: How to fit a shower tray.

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