How to Install a Shower Drain

Learning how to install a shower drain is relatively simple. Your shower drain is prone to get clogged or dirty with sediment and hair, which can cause your shower to fill with water. Installing a fresh and new shower drain can make a big difference. On the other hand, you might be installing a brand new shower and you have to add a new drain. To make your life easier, here is an easy step by step guide you might want to keep in mind. How to install a shower drain

1st Step: Piping Checkup

If you recently removed your old shower drain, don’t forget to check the pipes to ensure that there are no missing seals or unwanted cracks. If you see any signs of cracking, write this down on your to-do list for the project. These cracked parts must be replaced simultaneously during the installation of the new drain. 

2nd Step: Shop for Materials

Go to the nearest home improvement store in your place and buy the materials you need for installing the shower drain. See to it that you buy the right sized shower drain for the opening you either made yourself or the opening that resulted from the shower drain you are replacing. In case there are parts of cracked piping, you also need to get a new piece of PVC pipe to fit as replacement for that cracked spot. 

3rd Step: Remove the Old Shower Drain

Typically, there are two or three screws holding the existing shower drain in place on the shower floor. Remove these screws using a screwdriver then pull up the drain cap to expose the PVC piping. Majority of households today have PVC pipes. For those who don’t have PVC piping, what you will see there is a copper piping. The PVC piping can still be used for the drain and attached to the copper. You may also want to use flux for attaching the PVC to copper. Aside from that, you will also need an extra material or PVC prep than when your piping is only made from PVC materials.

4th Step: Put PVC Prep to PVC Drain and Pipes

Put some PVC prep to all the copper or PVC pipes. You will have to apply the prep to any part which will be secure to another part. This PVC prep is color purple and you can smooth this on the PVC pipes. You have to let the PVC prep dry first for about 30 seconds. It will help create a more secure bond. 

5th Step: Inset Then Assemble

Insert your new drain PVC piping to your house’s plumbing and press against it. Then, install the drain base. This drain base must line up on the pipe. You can use the screwdriver for securing the drain base. 

6th Step: Attach the Drain

Use screws for attaching the drain. Several shower drains systems include tabs instead of screws and if it is the case, secure these tabs in place instead. 

Follow these simple steps on how to install a shower drain. 
By Brian Last updated: 15 September 2016, 07:23