How To Remove a Bathtub

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Need to remove a bathtub? No problem. Be it cast iron, fiberglass, or metal follow these steps to success:

1 – Disconnect Plumbing

Worker unscrewing bathtub overflow cover.
Remove overflow valve

The bathtub is connected to the plumbing at the drain and overflow. Disconnect the overflow using a screw driver.

Worker using pliers to unscrew bathtub drain flange.
Remove drain flange

Unscrew the drain flange using a needle nose pliers.

2 – Cover Drain

Worker covering bathtub drain with blue tape.

Cover the drain with tape to prevent debris from falling into drain pipe.

3 – Expose Tub Flange

Remove the lower row of tiles to expose the bathtub flange. Here I’ve broken out the tiles using a 5 lb sledge. Next remove any fasteners holding the flange to the wall studs. This tub was secured with only two nails through the flange.

4 – Remove Tub

Worker lifting bathtub up from floor.

At this point, if the tub cannot be lifted out it can be cut out. A metal or fiberglass tub can be cut out with a metal blade on a reciprocating saw. A cast iron tub can be broken into pieces with a sledge hammer.

Worker hauling old bathtub out of bathroom using a dolly.

If your removing a metal bathtub a hand-truck makes easy work of hauling it out.

5 – Plug Drain

Bathtub drain coming up through concrete floor.

Lastly be sure to plug any openings in the drain pipe to prevent sewer gas from leaking into the house.

Congratulations, you did it. 🙂

See me remove mine here:

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