Bathtub removal is, in my mind, a whole lot easier and more fun than installing the new model.

Before you do anything, make sure that you shut off the main water supply line in your home.

Now you’re ready to begin the process.

Once you are sure that the water is turned off, try to determine how your bathtub was originally installed.

Removing a freestanding tub will obviously be easy. All you need to do is disconnect the plumbing and remove the bathtub. If your bathtub is between sections of the wall, you may need to remove part of the wall before you can disconnect all the pipes. Check to see if you have a hidden access panel before you tear down any walls.

Bathtub removal is not like other demolition work. You will need to reuse the existing plumbing for your new fixtures. Maintaining thread integrity will make life much easier when installing your new hardware.

Also, although you may be replacing part of a wall or the drywall, be careful not to damage the studs around the bathtub. You will want these in good condition when you install and secure your new bathtub.

If you aren’t comfortable removing the drywall or don’t know where your pipes are located call a plumber to take care of the plumbing. He or she will make sure that everything is removed correctly and quickly and you can still take care of the rest.

In a situation where the bathtub is placed in-between walls, you will need to check to see if any of the walls are load bearing. If they are, they may need extra support as you remove the bathtub.

Make sure you have a plan in place as to where and how you will be removing the bathtub. This may require removing all or part of a wall in order to get the bathtub out of the house.

That’s about it. Bathtub removal complete!

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