Blocking a floor drain is necessary to ensure your house or street is not flooded with sewage or dirty water.
To solve your floor drain problem, special floats are used. At times, these floats may be substituted with drain plugs. The drain plugs are fitted with rubber gaskets so at to create a tight seal.
The float works by allowing water from the surface to pass through it. At the same time preventing sewage or dirty water below it from leaking to the surface.
The float is usually placed at the centre of the drain guard for better efficiency. When the water/sewer fills, it pushes the float upwards which then creates a tight seal preventing the water from leaking out.
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To block a floor drain, follow the following instructions:
· You will first need to remove the grate from the drain hole. This can be an easy or a complicated affair depending with its design. However, most grates are only screwed with one screw at the centre. Other grates have screws around it so unscrew them too. Once you have unscrewed the screws slid your screwdriver under the grate to remove it. You may need to apply proportionate force depending on its size and weight.
· Once the grate is removed, you will have to measure its diameter. Different grates come in different sizes and an accurate measurement will save you lots of money. Ensure your measurement is accurate. Most floats/ drain guards are mainly manufactured for drain pipes of around 2-4 inches.
· With the right measurement, buy your floats or drain guards.
· At the top center of the float or drain guard, attach a string to the rubber gasket
· Once the string is attached, lower the float with the rubber gasket carefully until it is seals the drain. Ensure that the top part of the guard is flush with the bottom of the drain body.
· Hold the gasket flash as you tighten the screws around the edge or the middle based on the design you are using. Screws cause the rubber gasket to expand and fit tightly within the drain hole.
· When everything is done to perfection, remove the string and for safety purposes replace the floor grate.
To accomplish this you will need the following;
Flat head screw driver to help you lift the grate
A string to connect the float/ drain guard with rubber gasket
You will obviously require a float or drain plug. It must have a rubber gasket around its edges
A screw driver to enable you to unscrew the screws on the grate
Float guards only work on unfinished floors. Do not try them on finished floors as they will get damaged.
Modern float guards use threads to connect the drain and rubber casket.
Always ensure that you use high quality guards for maximum efficiency.
All the best.