Water is absolutely essential to keep us clean. However, when water does not drain properly it can cause severe plumbing problems through leaking. A shower drain is working properly when there is a tight seal between the receiving pipe and the flange The seal between the drain pipe and fiberglass in the shower can loosen. This could be due to the flange not being tightened snuggly or due to improper sealing between the outer sealant and the fiberglass tub. Repairing the shower drain is a fairly simple procedure and should be able to be completed within a couple hours. However, if you run into any trouble your local plumber can assist.
- Friction washer
- Sealing washer
- Silicone Towels
Step 1: Remove the Drain and Flange
There are a couple of different ways to remove the drain. Some metal grate covers will have a screw securing it in place. This needs to be removed first. Then, all metal grate covers are removed by inserting a screwdriver into a hole and lifting the grate.
Loosen the flange using the screwdriver and hammer and remove it.
Step 2: Insert the Washers
Place the friction washer and then the sealing washer directly under the drain opening. At this time, these should float loosely in place.
Step 3: Apply the Silicone Sealant
Step 4: Reinsert the Flange
The black flange can now be reinstalled into the exit plumbing. It can be tightened manually. Doing so will compress the lower and upper portions of the flange. This will reduce the chance of further leakage.
Step 5: Remove the Excess Sealant
After the flange has been manually tightened and prior to securing it completely, the excess sealant should be removed. Use a towel or washcloth to wipe the sealant away.
Step 6: Fully Tighten the Flange
After removing the excess sealant, use the screwdriver and hammer in order to make the flange seal extremely tight. When the seal is tight it will stop turning.
Step 7: Replace the Metal Gate
The metal gate should be placed on top of the black flange. Replace the screw if there is one. Then tap the gate gently with a hammer.
It is essential to investigate and repair water leaks as fast as possible. Water can slowly cause a significant amount of damage ranging from mold to weakened ceilings. This proper and thorough shower drain repair should prevent any future plumbing leaks from the drain. If the shower is leaking from the showerhead, check out our tutorial on how to fix your showerheads.