Step 1: Determine the Type of Stopper
Before you can remove the stopper, you need to determine what type of stopper you have. There are several different types of bathtub drain stoppers, including twist-and-pull, lift-and-turn, and push-and-pull. Each type requires a slightly different approach to removal.
To remove a twist-and-pull stopper, you’ll need to twist the stopper counterclockwise until it comes free from the drain.
To remove a lift-and-turn stopper, you’ll need to lift the stopper and turn it counterclockwise until it comes free from the drain.
To remove a push-and-pull stopper, you’ll need to pull the stopper up and twist it counterclockwise until it comes free from the drain.
Step 2: Remove the Overflow Plate
Once you’ve determined the type of stopper you have, you’ll need to remove the overflow plate. This is the plate located underneath the spout of the bathtub.
To remove the overflow plate, you’ll need to locate the screws holding it in place. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws and set them aside.
Once the screws are removed, you can gently pull the overflow plate away from the wall. Be careful not to damage the plate or any of the surrounding fixtures.
Step 3: Remove the Stopper
With the overflow plate removed, you should have access to the stopper itself. Use your fingers or a pair of pliers to grip the stopper and gently pull it out of the drain.
How do I know what kind of stopper I have?
You can usually determine the type of stopper you have by looking at it. Twist-and-pull stoppers will have a knob on top, while lift-and-turn stoppers will have a toggle on top. Push-and-pull stoppers will have a flat or slightly domed top that you can push down to close and pull up to open.
What if the stopper won’t come out?
If the stopper won’t come out, try using a pair of pliers to grip it more firmly. If that doesn’t work, you can try using a lubricant such as WD-40 to help loosen the stopper.
What if I can’t remove the overflow plate?
If you’re having trouble removing the overflow plate, you may need to use a tool such as a wrench to loosen it. Be careful not to damage the plate or any of the surrounding fixtures.
Removing a bathtub drain stopper can be a bit of a challenge, but with a little patience and the right tools, you can get the job done. By following these simple steps, you should be able to remove your stopper and get your drain flowing smoothly once again.