Installing a freestanding tub when you are doing a bathroom remodel is not a complicated process, especially if you already have a freestanding tub in place and plan to put the new one in the same area. That eliminates the plumbing part of your installation. Moving the bathtub to a new area does make it a little more complicated, but not to the point that a do it yourself-er cannot handle it. Are you ready to discover how a freestanding bathtub installation is easy for everyone to do?
A common problem for owners of a freestanding or a claw foot tub is supporting its weight. You must make sure that the foundation under your bathroom is able to support the weight of these tubs. Many of them are made with cast iron or some other very hard, and very heavy, materials. If you then fill it up with water, you have increased the weight by a substantial amount.
The area of your bathroom that you plan to put the tub on should be cleared of everything and level. Otherwise, you will end up installing the bathtub off level and your water level inside the tub will never be level and you would not want a “deep end” in your bathtub.
You should set the tub in the area you want for it to be. This is the best way that you can ensure all of the plumbing in your bathroom will match up to the tub the way it should. If everything looks good, you can proceed with hooking everything up. If you need to change a few pipes around or create a new drain hole area, you can put cardboard or a blanket down and lay the tub on its side to give you easy access to that area.
Make sure that all the pipes are sealed so that the joints will not leak. If you are installing a freestanding tub, you may also want to use caulking to ensure it is waterproof around the base of the tub. This way, if water splashes out, it will not run under the tub and cause the floor to rot.
The basic installation process mentioned here is simple enough. However, you should still read through the information provided by the tub manufacturer to ensure that you do everything that they recommend. Follow their instructions and you should have a tub that will last you for many years.