Disabling overflow drain

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by amynyc, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. amynyc

    amynyc New Member

    Jan 30, 2006
    New York, NY

    My bathtub has a Gerber internal drain stopper with drain lever/overflow pipe. As the tub is not very deep to begin with baths are not great, but with the height of the overflow baths really suck :( After the water drains (which only takes a couple minutes) there's more skin out of the water than in (and I'm a small person).

    Is there any way to disable the overflow drain?

  2. Bob NH

    Bob NH In the Trades

    Oct 20, 2005
    New Hampshire
    The only way to seal it is to stopper it from the tub side.

    There are usually slots at the bottom of the plate that drain the water. There is a product that I think is called Dux Seal, which is similar to Play Doh, that is sometimes used by electricians to seal the end of conduits. You could put some of that over the slots, and the remaining area around the drain actuator would not leak much water.

    Duct tape would probably also cover the slots if you clean the area well first.

    You could put a piece of Saran Wrap over the whole thing and the water would probably hold it in place after the water rises over it.

    You might take the overflow mechanism off the tub and try to fit a rubber gasket behind it, with a hole for the drain actuator, to effectively seal the overflow.

    You like a full tub, but you must realize that your are creating a flooding risk if you were ever to get distracted or called away to answer the phone while the tub fills.

    These are ideas and have not been tested. You could probably find a local engineer to help with some testing.
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  4. dubldare

    dubldare Plumber/Gasfitter

    Sep 14, 2005
    Contact your insurance agent on any alterations and their effects on your insurance policy.
  5. Bob NH

    Bob NH In the Trades

    Oct 20, 2005
    New Hampshire
    It just ocurred to me that you might get a couple of inches by taking the diverter plate off and putting the slots up. Also, it would be easier to plug the slots if the diverter slots are up.

    If you do accidently make a flood, you should reverse the plate to the original position and get rid of the Saran Wrap or Dux Seal before the insurance adjuster arrives.
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