Steps on how to install a shower drain on the concrete floor

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Whether it’s a renovation or new construction, linear shower channels are the choice for almost any bathroom. Installing a linear shower drain, especially the easy drain, is easier than you might think. In this article, we give you a brief overview of how to install a shower drain on the concrete floor in 10 steps.

For the best possible result, read the installation manual as the exact instructions depend on the type of linear conduit. We recommend that the installation be carried out by experienced craftsmen who comply with building regulations.

1.Choose the location

A linear shower drain can be installed in 4 different ways: on the wall (on one side or three sides) or on the floor (on the floor or between two walls). Be sure to install the correct shower drain model for the location you have in mind.

Regardless of the location of the shower drain, the floor should slope slightly toward the gutter to ensure water drainage. When the slope of the drain is insufficient or non-existent, water accumulates and causes flooding in the bathroom.

2. Prepare the work area

Before starting the installation process, make sure the floor and work area are clean. It is also important to ensure that no dirt comes into contact with the shower drain during installation. You can protect the drain with a pre-assembled (folded) sealing membrane or cloth.

Before installation, the mounting procedure and any special features of the mounting should be clarified with the installer. After installation, make sure you know the complete installation with the installer.

3. Calculate the height of the shower drain

First, determine the height of the shower drain. Remember that the tiles should be level or 1 mm above the highest edge of the shower drain for optimum drainage. When calculating the total depth, take into account the thickness of the tile, the adhesive layer, and the leveling layer.

Tip: Keep installation depth in mind when choosing the right shower drain for your project.

4. Place the integrated set

After making room for the shower drain, the installation kit must be positioned and aligned, and leveled. This is made possible by using the height-adjustable legs.

Tip: wall models include a special bracket for mounting on the wall

5. Connect to the drainpipe

We recommend replacing waste pipes with diameters less than 50 mm. This can happen in renovation projects where a shower tray is installed. The shower drain must first be connected to the drain pipe and make sure the drain pipe has sufficient slope.

Slide the conduit onto the connector, gluing is not necessary as the connector provides adequate sealing. Check the water tightness of the shower drain and the connection to the drain to prevent leakage.

Tip: Place the base on the anchor clamp and provide adequate ventilation for the drainage pipes.

6. Create a sloping floor

Make a suitable slope on the floor to ensure that the water goes to the shower drain. To avoid cavities under the conduit, make sure enough material is used to attach to the top edge of the conduit frame.

Tip: the slope towards the drain must be at least 2% per linear meter.

7. Waterproof installation

Once the subfloor is in place, it’s time to waterproof the shower drain. This can be achieved by using Water Conservation System (WPS). The pre-installed sealing membrane can be opened and glued to the subfloor using a flexible sealing paste such as Easy2Seal 2K Rapid, which can be used after about 90 minutes.

8. Lay the tiles

When tiling, ensure a slope with a minimum slope of 2% towards the shower drain. It is important to ensure that the tiles are not laid directly on the groove, as approximately 5 mm should be left for the elastic sealant to be applied.

Tip: use our tiling guide to make sure you leave enough space between the tiles and the drain

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9. Seal the shower drain

After laying the tiles, the joint between the tiling and the gutter should be sealed with an elastic sealant (maintenance joint). Bonding surfaces should be clean, free of material that could reduce bonding.

Tip: The EasySilicon has a stainless steel spatula that fits perfectly with conduit and tiles.

10. Place the grid

When the seal is dry, you can clean the drain. After the cleaning process, a height-adjustable grid can be placed to suit the thickness of the tile.

Tip: The Easy Drain TAF (Tile Adjustable Frame) model can be adjusted during tiling, making the job easier, achieving a perfect finish, and allowing for a total adaptation to any floor thickness.

Cleaning and maintenance

The siphon should be cleaned regularly to remove the accumulated dirt. We recommend using the Easy Clean Set for weekly maintenance and cleaning the shower drain.

Tip: The Easy Clean Set removes stubborn dirt and other harsh stains and makes the drain shine again.

These were the steps by which you can install a shower drain on the concrete floor. Check out other solutions for home-related problems.

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