Bathtub Overflow Drain Cover?

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      Avatar photoMasterPlumbers

        Is there such a thing, or do I have to improvise. The overflow drain in my bathtub is several inches below the top rim of the tub so the water level will not go above that point. However, it does not make for a good soak in the tub when you can’t fill it up all the way….in my opinion. Is there a specific thing that I can use to cover this? I’m looking for something temporary, only need to use it during the bath.


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        Avatar photonicktheplumber

          There is no commercially available product available to do what you request. The height of the overflow of bathtubs is pretty much standardized. that being said, the geometry of some tubs allows a “deeper soak” than others, especially some older cast iron antiques.

          You can always cover the overflow with something like putty, and that will allow you to fill the tub more. However, you must understand that the purpose of the overflow is to prevent the tub from filling so much that it spills water onto the floor… By plugging up the overflow drain, you are bypassing an engineered safety feature of your fixture, so I cannot advise doing that. If you want more soaking depth, hire a plumber and have him replace your current tub with a model that provides you with what you want.


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