You should be able to easily identify your type of bathtub stopper just by looking at it. If you don’t see a tub stopper in the drain but you see a lever protruding from the overflow plate, you have a trip-lever type of tub stopper. You may see a lever and have a pop-up stopper that moves when you move the lever. We’ll cover the best way to remove all types of tub stoppers and the easiest tub stopper to install for a replacement.
The most common tub water stoppers are:
Foot Actuated (Toe-Touch)
The toe touch tub stopper is spring-loaded and opens or closes by touching with your toe. This is convenient for many although the spring may get worn out and need to be replaced with frequent use and age.
The push pull tub stopper opens and closes simply by pulling up on a knob or pushing it down. This type of tub stopper is easy to operate, easy to remove and has a long lasting product life span.
Lift and Turn
The lift and turn style of tub stopper is also easy to operate by turning the knob clockwise and pulling up to open the drain or turning counter-clockwise to close it. The lift and turn tub stopper is similar in appearance to the push pull stopper, with a knob on top, although they operate differently.
Trip Lever Tub Stopper
If your stopper is activated by the trip lever in the overflow plate, you have either a plunger style or pop-up style of tub stopper. The plunger style is evident by the missing stopper in the drain, all you will see is a drain cover but no stopper. This is because the stopper moves up and down by the lever, in the overflow pipe and stops the water up right at the base of the overflow drain.
The pop-up style will have a stopper in the drain that moves up or down with the lever. The lever is attached to a linking arm system that connects to the stopper. The trip lever type of stopper can be trickier to maintain but is not too difficult for a DIY job. If you’re having trouble with your trip lever bathtub water stopper you may consider replacing it with a push pull type of tub stopper.
Once you know which type of tub stopper you have, you can prepare to remove it and replace it. Removing your tub stopper is easy with some simple directions. FixMyDrain.com shows you with video instruction the easiest way to remove the most common types of bathtub stoppers.