A broken drain stopper can prevent your drain your sink and cause you much trouble while handling it. It might look like a mere object, but a broken drain stopper is one of the most troublesome and irritating problems you'll face in your bathroom.
This adds to the misery of clogged particles inside the drain and makes it more difficult.
In such cases, removing the broken drain stopper and replacing it is the only solution you'll be left with and a few techniques can help you throughout the entire process. With some of these ideas, you can get your work done without the assistance of a plumber.
Criteria To Remove A Drain Stopper On Your Own
There are actual drain stopper removers in a plumber’s kit to remove the broken drain stoppers, so it is almost like an easy job for them.
But when you want to fix things at home, you cannot rely on what’s inside a plumber’s kit. Considering the type of drain stopper your tub has, there are some basic methods that can help you to remove and replace them. These are:
Which Category Does Your Drain Stopper Fall In?
While there are lots of varieties of drain stoppers, they perform the same function with little or more advantages compared to one another.
Triple Lever Mechanism
A triple lever drain stopper contains an internal plunger which when down, forces the stopper to be in an open position and when up, forces it to be in a closed position.
These stoppers do not have an internal plunger but contain a knob which regulates the opening and closing of the stopper by twisting up and down, a center set screw for installation, and a cap which is more like a cover on the top.
This stopper also has a knob which regulates the opening and closing of the stopper by pushing and pulling, a center set screw and a cap. It is a lot easier to operate since it has no complex property of twisting.
The toe-lift has a screw which requires pushing or pulling with your toe and a spring mechanized body which might require replacing a few times in a year. It is more convenient than the others listed above.
Removing A Drain Stopper
Removing Triple Lever Drain Stopper
A clip is located at the site which holds the cover plate to the plunger. Removing this clip eventually helps pull the plunger up slowly and spraying some liquid wrench over the drain pipe loosens up the plunger so it can get out freely.
In case it’s still stuck, use pliers to get the rod out by pulling in a straight manner and apply a forceful pull to get it out.
Removing Lift-and-turn Drain Stopper
Use a screwdriver to remove the set screw below the cap of the stopper and pull the stopper out. If it's still stuck, apply a little more pressure to pull it out.
Removing a toe-touch drain stopper
Unscrew and lift the top cap of the stopper in a counterclockwise direction and once it's removed pull the stopper out using pliers. In such a case, a flathead screwdriver is more convenient for use.
Remove A Push-and-pull Stopper
A push and pull stopper consists of a knob on the top of the stopper. Unscrew the knob turning it counterclockwise using a flathead screwdriver and pull the knob out.
The Advantage Of Other Stoppers Over Triple Lever Stoppers
Other stoppers like lift-and-turn, push-and-pull, toe-touch stoppers are quite convenient to use as they contain knobs and caps over the stoppers. This allows them to be pulled out easily whereas in triple lever mechanisms, an additional plunger is present and pulling out the plunger is a challenging task.
Among them, a push-and-pull stopper is more convenient than lift-and-turn ones, since the latter ones move up and down and the perfect area is difficult to be located. In a push-and-pull stopper, there is no complication involved.
Points To Consider While Removing A Drain Stopper
Down below are some of the points that you should consider while removing the drain stopper.
Drain stoppers can be a troublesome job to be removed and replaced since they require continuous monitoring throughout the day. But if you can figure everything out, then your work will be far more comfortable than expected.
It will save you the trouble of calling plumbers for such jobs and let you do it all by yourself. If taken proper care, you can protect your drains from getting clogged and remove or replace the stoppers regularly. It will not only help you save some expense but help you learn how to keep your tub all tidy and managed.