Suddenly the drain hole in the tub in my guest bathroom does not drain. The stopper moves up and down, but it will absolutely not drain a drop. I have no idea what happened. I just went to rinse it for guests coming tomorrow, as somtimes there are dead bugs in it after a while, and it just will not drain. I washed the tub 4 weeks ago and it drained very normally and no one has used it since. This is very strange. I stuck a plastic bendable stick down there, with barbs on it, and it went in and nothing came up. Can anyone give me a clue as to what may be wrong? The trap is made by Kohler, but I have no idea the model and I have to put somthing below or it won't get posted, so ignore the model below please.
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There should be a stopper valve on the sink's downspout (the first section of drain pipe). You SHOULD be able to loosen the nut holding the stopper valve's lever inside the pipe. Once you remove that nut, you can pull the lever out - that releases the stopper inside the sink, so you should start with the stopper OPEN, and hold it open with a chopstick or pencil or other tool when you remove that lever.
The lever and the bottom of the stopper itself will be wrapped with masses of hair. That's normal. Clean it up and reinsert it, put the nut back on & snug it down, then readjust the stopper.
If that's not enough, you may need to open the trap (the gooseneck-shaped piece of drain pipe under the sink) to clean it out.
follow this steps and fix it. God bless you lear a clogged (not stopped) sink or bathtub with a plunger:
If you have a dishwasher, pinch off the rubber dishwasher drain hose
that leads to the garbage disposer using a clamp or locking pliers. If
clearing a bathtub, remove the drain stopper and cover the overflow
opening with a wet rag.
Remove the sink basket or tub stopper and clean any debris from the drain opening.
Fill the sink or tub with sufficient water to cover the plunger cup,
usually about 2 inches. If you are working on a double sink, seal the
other sink with a stopper so the plunger can create a vacuum.
Set the plunger on the drain opening and repeatedly pump it up and
down, then pull away sharply to dislodge debris. Repeat if necessary.
Turn on warm or hot water to flush loosened debris from the drain.
If the clog remains, use an auger (see below) or an expansion nozzle (see below) to clear the drain.
Clear a clog using an auger:
Remove the stopper or strainer. If unable to do so, disassemble the
drain trap (see below) and feed the auger directly through the pipe.
Make sure you have a pail and rags nearby in case of a water spill.
Release the setscrew on the auger and begin feeding the cable into the open drain.
Once the auger tip hits the clog, set the screw and crank the auger clockwise to break up the clog.
Continue breaking up the clog and moving it down the drain line with
the auger. Once there is no more resistance to forward motion of the
auger, stop and carefully remove the auger.
If the clog can't be moved, continue twisting the auger to possibly snag and retract the clog.
Once the clog is cleared, flush the drain with boiling water.
Push the stopper down to fully seal the stopper against the tub drain.
Turn the knob on top of the stopper counterclockwise with your fingers. Do not lift the stopper while turning the knob. Remove the knob from the stopper.
Insert a large flathead screwdriver into the slot on the center shaft of the stopper. You will see the center shaft when you remove the knob. Turn the shaft counterclockwise to unthread it from the retaining hole in the bathtub drain basket.
Use a pair of vise-grip pliers to turn the shaft if the center hole has corrosion and will not accept a screwdriver. Lock the jaws of the pliers securely around the shaft, and turn the shaft counterclockwise.
Pull the stopper out of the tub by lifting it by the shaft.
on most applications, where the lever for the stopper is located, mounted just under the faucet, also serves as the overflow for the tub: unscrew that plate and then you can pull the stopper linkage out. maybe you have a bunch of gunk (hair, etc) blocking the drain. once you have the entire linkage out, boil about a gallon of hot water and pour it down the drain; immediately follow with HOT tap water; if it drains, GREAT, if it doesn't, just let the HOT water sit there for a few minutes; then get your hand plunger and go to work. be sure to block the overflow hole (where you took the plate off) with plastic so that when you are working the plunger, you get good suction.
the stopper just sits in the hole. When you turn the knob the cable
operates the piece that raises and lowers the drain plug. The weight of
it and the suction of the water is what seals it....provided the o-ring
is good on the plug.
If you have a popup/ plunger type drain stopper controlled by a lever at the overflow, then, yes, it would be a great idea to remove that. They commonly add to drain problems.
Remove the two screws at the overflow plate (the one with the lever for stopping the water). Be careful that the gasket between the tub and overfow does not fall out when you fully remove the screws. Pull out the stopper assembly. You may have to jiggle it somewhat. Clear your drain some more and run a little water in it. Then replace the stopper assembly, making sure to keep the overflow drain lined up as you screw the plate back in.
You may consider replacing a lever stopper with a "twist and twirl" type.
If you do not have a lever assembly then you may have to use a small hand held snake to clear out the drain
make sure that the piece going in to the drain that moves your stopper up and down is all the way in the hole on the bottom of the stopper once that is in hold the rod down so your stop is up then attach it to the piece attached to your rod this should solve your problem good luck
Drop the drain plug down about half way and try turning it counter clockwise. If you get no resistance after a full turn you will probably need to cut or break it out. If the pin is missing I'm guessing this is what you'll have to do. This answer assumes you have a lift and turn style drain.