STANDING WASTE TUB FILLERS
Original standing waste tub fillers are considered obsolete because they don’t meet modern plumbing codes in terms of water flow and waste disposal. They’re also prone to leaks and other damage that makes them difficult to repair.
A few bath-salvage specialists will restore vintage standing waste drains. The service isn’t cheap, but it’s less than the cost of a replacement tower fixture. Bathroom Machineries, for instance, takes the entire assembly apart and inspects it for cracks, breaks, and wear. Every piece is cleaned and sandblasted; irreparable parts are machined new. All parts are then polished and either lacquered or freshly replated. The entire fixture is then reassembled with new seals and gaskets, then water tested.
If the waste is too far gone for repair (or too distant from a good restorer), there are now sources for replacements that not only meet code, but also are machined to fit the existing holes in the tub, which vary according to the original manufacturer.
A reproduction standing waste tower fixture from Sign of the Crab functions perfectly and fits all the right openings in a vintage tub.