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How to Remove a Trip-Lever Drain Stopper

By March 25, 2018April 1st, 2023No Comments

A trip-lever drain stopper is a bathtub stopper with an internal plunger that moves up and down inside the waste and overflow tube to pivot a drain stopper in the drain opening. When the plunger is down, it presses the stopper lever and forces it up into the open position.  You may need to remove the drain stopper from time to time for maintenance work or cleaning.

Here are some tips on how to remove it if it has become stuck.

  • Remove the clip that holds the overflow cover plate to the plunger rod. Removing this clip will allow you to detach the cover plate from the rod, giving you more room to maneuver the rod and pull up on the plunger.
  • Try spraying some WD-40 down the overflow drain pipe where the plunger sits.  The lubrication may help to loosen the stuck plunger tip from the walls of the overflow tube.  
  • Use pliers to grip the rod and attempt to lift straight up on the plunger.  DO NOT pull at an angle. Wiggle the rod a few times and spray lubricant as needed.  It should eventually loosen up and become unstuck.  

There is a significant risk that the plunger rod breaks off and will become stuck in the piping.  If this occurs, we recommend calling Lowery Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning for professional help. And remember we offer $49.50 drain unclogs all year round! Call us today (806) 741-0519

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