Tips for Easy Tub Drain Stopper Replacement

If your bathtub is in need of an upgrade, you might be wondering the best way to tackle a tub drain stopper replacement. There are a few different reasons to replace your bathtub stopper, maybe it’s just old and dingy and doesn’t look very appealing. If your bathtub drain is so corroded that the crossbars in the drain that the stopper screws into are missing, you may be operating without a tub stopper at all.

This is never a good idea as not having any kind of tub stopper over your drain will cause big problems for you rather quickly. When hair and soap scum accumulate in your drain it can cause serious clogs and a nasty foul odor. If you’ve been procrastinating on your bathtub repair project because you think you have to remove the entire drain, sometimes also called a stopper body or strainer body, there is an easier option available.

While calling in a professional plumber might seem like the easiest option, it is definitely the most expensive and absolutely not necessary. With the modern and innovative bathtub repair products available on the market today, you can replace your bathtub drain stopper yourself without having to take out the current stopper body at all. Even if your drain is corroded and the crossbars are missing, there is an easy way to install a beautiful new bathtub stopper with the SimpliQuick® Tub Fix solution.

The most important tip for an easy tub drain stopper replacement is that you do not have to remove the stopper body at all. Check out the following three simple steps for the easiest bathtub stopper replacement.

Three Easy Steps for Bathtub Stopper Replacement

In just three simple steps, you can easily replace your bathtub stopper with a beautiful and functional push pull stopper that is easy to operate. The SimpliQuick® Tub Fix provides a reliable, watertight seal and is backed by the Watco name and a 5-year limited warranty. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to remove your current bathtub stopper, choose your installation method and install your new tub stopper which includes a mesh grid drain cover to protect your drain against hair accumulation and foreign materials entering the tub drain.

Step One – Remove Your Current Bathtub Stopper

The first step in tub drain stopper replacement is to remove your current bathtub stopper. The first thing you need to do is to determine what kind of bathtub stopper you currently have. Check out these easy to follow videos which show you the easiest instructions for the most common types of tub stopper removal.

Here are the two most common tub stopper removal options:

Option 1)

  • Place your stopper in the closed position
  • Hold the stopper base while turning the knob counterclockwise.
  • You should be able to unscrew and pull the stopper right out of the drain.

Option 2)

  • If the stopper will not easily remove from the drain, there may be a set screw located underneath the top of it.
  • Loosen the set screw but do not remove it.
  • You may need to use a pair of pliers to remove the knob.
  • If the knob comes out but the stem is stuck in place, you should be able to use a flathead screwdriver to remove the stopper stem.

Once you have the old stopper removed, clean the drain surface with a rag and some rubbing alcohol or soap and water. Make sure the surface is clean and dry. With your old stopper out, it’s time to move onto step #2.

Step Two – Choose Your Method of Installation

The SimpliQuick® Tub Fix replacement bathtub stopper comes with two choices for installation and neither method requires removing your bathtub drain stopper body. If your drain still has crossbars in place, you can choose to install your new stopper with the reversible post that fits right into your tub drain.

If your bathtub drain has broken, corroded or missing crossbars, choose the silicone adhesive method. This provides the exact same, beautiful tub stopper with a watertight seal without the need to screw into crossbars or remove the bathtub drain.

Step Three – Install Your New Tub Drain Stopper

Once you have removed your existing bathtub stopper and determined the best method for installation, it’s time to install your new bathtub stopper. The SimpliQuick® Tub Fix by Watco makes any tub drain stopper replacement as easy as 1-2-3. This push pull stopper provides a universal fit over nearly any size of tub drain and comes in various finish options to match any decor.

It’s so easy you may want to replace your bathtub overflow plate at the same time. Watco offers an easy solution for that as well with the Innovator Snap On overflow plate. Why not give your tub a total upgrade and check out the trim kit with a matching overflow plate? Watco and make it easy to upgrade the look and function of your tub with easy to install, durable products made to last. is dedicated to helping you fix your drain with quality products and easy installation. We offer knowledgeable and friendly customer service as well as easy to follow video instructions. Contact us with any questions and learn the best tub drain stopper replacement solution.