How to Fix Bathtub Drain and Stopper Problems

Learning how to fix bathtub drain and stopper problems can save you a lot of time and money without the need to call a plumber. When your tub drain or stopper are not working properly it can cause huge headaches. The unsightly mess of broken or corroded drains which allow hair and debris to enter your drain can make bathing or showering a hassle and will begin to have a foul odor if not repaired.

There are many reasons why you may need to replace your bathtub drain. Depending on the type of drain you have, it may just need a good cleaning, maybe its corroded beyond repair or maybe you have a pop-up stopper that isn’t working right. Whatever the reason, the first thing to do is to determine the type of drain stopper you have and know how to remove it.

How to Remove a Bathtub Drain

You’ve come to the right place to learn how to remove and fix your bathtub drain. Your friends at are eager to help you solve your tub drain and stopper problems with free, instructional videos on how to remove the most common types of tub drains. We’ll also show you how to replace your tub drain with a new drain and stopper in under five minutes.

The most common types of tub drains and stoppers are:

Toe touch – All you need is a flathead screwdriver to remove the toe-touch tub drain. Begin with the topper in the open position, as if you’re draining the tub. Grab ahold of the stopper while holding the shaft in place and turn counter-clockwise. If the shaft also turns, continue to unscrew the stopper and the shaft cylinder which should become unthreaded and lift right out.

If the shaft* did not come out with the stopper, remove the cap and then unscrew the shaft in a counter-clockwise motion to remove the complete stopper and shaft.

*Removing the shaft is not necessary with the SimpliQuick™ Tub Fix solution.

Push-Pull or Lift and Turn – You’ll need a flathead screwdriver, pliers and a clean rag. With the stopper either in open or closed positions, hold the body of the stopper with one hand while turning the knob counter-clockwise to remove it. If the knob will not turn, try wrapping a rag around the knob and using pliers to turn and loosen it. Once the knob is removed, use a flathead screwdriver to unscrew the middle post which is threaded into the crossbar of the strainer. You should then be able to lift up and remove the stopper and post from the drain.

Flip-it – if you have a flip-it (PresFlo®) type of stopper it is quite simple to remove with no tools necessary. Simply turn and pull the stopper up and out by wiggling it while pulling upwards.

Trip-Lever or Plunger Style – a trip-lever, plunger style is controlled by a lever on the faceplate, but the stopper is lowered directly into the bottom of the overflow drain. This eliminates the need for a stopper on the top of the tub drain although most will have a strainer plate covering the drain to catch hair and debris.

You’ll need a screwdriver to remove the faceplate and pull out the plunger. In some cases, the plunger is just gummed up with hair and soap and needs to be cleaned. If this does not solve the problem, the length of the linkage can be adjusted to the correct height for the stopper to work properly. It may take some fidgeting with extending the linkage to the right length to stop up or drain correctly.

How to Fix Bathtub Drains with a Simple Drain Solution gives you everything you need to fix bathtub drains and stopper problems, with quick instructional videos on removing the most common types of stoppers. Replacing your old tub stopper with a shiny new SimpliQuick™ Tub Fix is easier than you think. Consider replacing the overflow plate with a matching finish for a complete, polished look. is here to help with your tub drain and stopper problem with simple tub fix solutions. Contact us today for personal assistance in determining the type of drain you have, how to remove it and how to fix bathtub drain issues with quick and easy solutions.