The bathroom sink stopper allows you to fill your basin with water for shaving and washing your face. The stopper can be faulty, and over time it may become unbalanced, which could cause the sink to drain rather than holding water. The sink stopper can be easily adjusted to do some DIY plumbing. You can seal your drain with the right tools and some knowledge.

Why Stoppers Go Bad

Most stopper malfunctions are caused by one of two things: it is out of alignment or it is clogged with hair and gunk. Both problems can be addressed in one repair. You don’t have to purchase a new toolkit. You will need a pair adjustable pliers and an ordinary cleaning brush to fix most sink configurations.

You just need to crawl under the sink looking for the nut sticking out the drain plumbing. The nut is attached to a rod that extends from the rod and leads up towards the faucet handle. You can loosen the nut with the pliers and pull the rod out of the pipe.

Cleaning and Adjustment

This is your chance to remove years of hair and goo from the stopper. Give the stopper a good scrub with the brush. This alone may be sufficient to solve the problem. The stopper will move up and down as normal while sealing the area. While the drain is open, you can also use the brush for cleaning out any biofilm and goo from the plumbing.

Once the stopper is back together, adjust it to your preference. The stopper should be placed back in the drain. Next, run the rod through both the pipe and the hole at the bottom. The rod can be removed manually from the flat bar leading to the faucet handle. Once everything is in its place, tighten the nut.

Final Touches

This is all there is to the process. You can move the faucet’s handle up and down to check if the stopper is responding to you. You can adjust it again if it doesn’t. You can run some water under the sink to check that the nut was tightened properly.

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many times the stopper is adjusted, it won’t work right. You can still have water in your sink if you don’t get it to work. A qualified plumber will fix your drain plumbing.

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