Sometimes, bathtub drains that are operated by levers higher up the tub wall (near the tub spout), stop working. The drain never closes.
This happens for various reasons.
Please refer to the picture on the right for a cross section of the parts that make up this type of drain mechanism.
At the bottom of the lever mechanism is a (usually) metal cylinder, that stops at the level of the drain pipe, thereby closing the drain. When the lever is up, this cylinder blocks the drain pipe. When the lever is down, this raises that cylinder up, so the drain pipe is not obstructed.
Repairing this is usually a matter of removing the existing lever mechanism and installing a new one.
When you remove the screws holding the lever in place, you should be able to remove the entire mechanism, which consists of:
- the face plate
- the lever
- some form of wiring connecting the lever to the metal cylinder which is the drain plug, and
- the drain plug (the metal cylinder).
Once you’ve got the old mechanism out, make sure it looks like the picture below. If it does, take it to the store to get the needed replacement parts.
If the cylinder that should be hanging at the bottom is missing, that means it detached and is inside the mechanism. This is a problem. If this occurs, you will need to install a toe kick drain.
If you need help with this or other plumbing issues, please contact us. We can help.