The basement floor drain cover is there for a reason. It is used to avert the entry of lint, hair, wet paper and other clog-inducing items into the drain pipe. The cover also prevents objects like toys and tools from accidentally falling into the pipe. Now you have to remember that the floor drain cover may rust over time. Because the drain cover is exposed to water or moisture and to other elements that lead to corrosion, it will sooner or later get rusty and get stuck into place. With that being said, we’ll share tips and information about the removal and replacement of the drain floor cover.
Why does the drain cover corrode?
Basement floor drains are usually made from cast iron. There are other types available in the market but most homeowners usually have the cast iron type. Well, this material is prone to rusting. It is usually left underneath standing water for periods of time such as when the basement floods because snow has melted or when sewage backs up. The wetness or dampness of the cast iron and its exposure to heat and warmth will eventually lead to the cover’s corrosion.
How do you prevent the cover from rusting?
As experts say, “Prevention is better than cure.” Regardless of the material that your drain cover is made from, you can prolong its life simply by proper care and maintenance. You have to remove the cover from the drain at least once every year and dutifully clean it. For this task, you can use a wire brush and a detergent that contains no harsh chemicals. As you can see, chemicals also result to rusting so choose a mild cleaning agent. Guarantee that the cover’s holes are clear and not blocked. Rinse with tap water after scrubbing and let it dry before installing it back onto the drain. While waiting for the cover to dry completely, take time to inspect the screws. If they are already rusted, make sure that you’ll replace them. Otherwise, the drain cover will also corrode.
To add extra protection from rust, you might want to consider installing a dehumidifier in the basement so that the cover won’t be exposed to moisture for long periods of time.
How do you remove the basement floor drain cover?
When your drain cover is already rusted, it will be difficult for you to remove it. You can get a rust solvent or a penetrating oil from the hardware. Spray any of the two onto the cover and let the liquid sit for a few minutes to take effect. After a while, remove the cover’s screws.
If the entire cover is corroded to the drain pipe, get a flathead screwdriver and scrape around its edges. Use the tool to remove rust and then loosen the cover by tapping the edges with a hammer. You may also insert a spade or crowbar under the cover to lift it up. If this doesn’t work, get a strong wire and hook it through the cover’s holes. Pull it and see if that will lift the cover.
If the problem is worse, use a jackhammer to destroy the concrete around the drain cover. This, of course, will require the replacement of the drain and the application of new concrete.
Any tip for the homeowner?
Instead of cast iron cover, you may want to consider the installation of plastic covers. They are resistant to rust and definitely cheaper than cast iron covers. Polypropylene is a durable material so plastic drain covers last for years. It’s a win-win situation!
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