If your bathroom clogs up regularly, you probably haven’t installed a shower drain cover.
Or worse, the current shower drain cover isn’t working properly.
Failing to replace it will result in materials such as hair clogging up your drain, and soon you’ll be forced to dig in your pockets further to correct the inessential mess.
Before you choose a suitable drain, make a point ascertaining the type of drain you want to cover, as well as the type of shower you have.
Many homeowners cannot identify the suitable shower drain covers correctly during replacement.
If you don’t know a lot about it, don’t worry about getting the right cover.
Take careful measurements of the drain and sketching the drain frame on a piece of paper. Present the measurements and the paper to your trusted plumbing supply shop and let them help you find the most compatible drain cover.
Using the descriptions you’ve given them, the attendants will give you the right type of cover that’s compatible to your shower drain.
Here are some of the common types of shower drain covers you’ll come across in plumbing stores today:
Screw-In Shower Drain Covers
These drain covers are available in different finishes like chrome, polished brass, stainless steel, oil rubbed bronze and antique brass.
The measurements of their screw holes are 2-7/8″, and are located at the center.
The screws are sold independently. They have been designed to fit in 3-3/8″. They are compatible with the following shower drains: Oatey, Fits Plumbing Products, Casper drains and American Brass & Aluminum.
Snap-In Shower Drain Covers
They have been designed to fit 4-1/4″ in. The measurements of their screw holes are 2-7/8″.
They are available in different finishes such as chrome, almond, brass, copper and nickel. They fit American Brass & Aluminum shower drains.
Heavy Duty Screw-In Cast Drain Covers
They have slotted patterns. Although some are plain, most of them have words or the manufacturer’s logo stamped into them.
They go through sand-casting process, which creates minor imperfections. However, the strength and functioning of the drain cover aren’t affected in any way.
It fits drains with the following sizes: 4”, 4 1/4″, 4-3/4″, and 5-1/2″. They are available in three finishes namely: cast nickel, polished brass and antique brass.
Snap-In Replacement Shower Drain Strainers
These shower drain covers have been designed with a lot of versatility such that they can be used anywhere a drain cover is required.
You just have to ensure it’s compatible with the size of the pipe in the bathroom. You don’t have to buy screws since the covers are built with a snap-in feature. Just snap in! They are available in three measurements: 3-1/4″, 4″, and 5-1/8″.
Screw-In Designer Finish Drain Strainers with Tile Square
Measuring 4-1/4″, these drain covers have square tile frames.
If your drain is round-shaped, you don’t have to cut the square tiles.
The drain covers have been designed to allow automatic installation, which also saves time. They fit in shower drains such as: Plumbing Products, Cast Iron Shower Drains, Oatey, and American Brass & Aluminum brand shower drains.
Before putting your hard-earned money in your choice of drain cover, take the time to learn all the types of shower drain covers. An extensive research will help you to find a cover that will fit your drain completely.