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?
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Generally access to both sides of sanitary fittings is required, whether at home or in a caravan, in order to removed such things as taps or wastepipe connectors.
If you manage to remove it from one side only it is virtually certain you won't be able to put it back or if you can it is likely to leak and store up trouble for the future.
I suggest you check with the manual or contact the manufacturer or dealer for information.
If the manufacturer hasn't provided access to the traps and drains under the tub or tray the tub or tray will need to be lifted or removed and resealed when refitting.
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.
It should be easy. You should be able to unscrew the stopper and take it out. The part of the drain that sits inside the tub screws in to the drain under the tub. It takes a special tool to remove it but you can use either two screwdrivers or is the opening is big enough the handle of your pliers and put them in the drain. If you look inside the drain there are two or three braces that go across and that is where you need to put the pliers or screwdriver in to get it to turn out. You can either get a new gasket or some plumbers putty and repair it. I hope that helped.
The linkage to the drain stopper has to be adjusted so that the stopper seats when the rod is raised. If the stopper lifts out of the drain, it may be necessary to remove the lifter rod and insert it through the holes in the bottom of the stopper then reinstall. After this, pulling up on the faucet rod will force the stopper to seat rather than drop by gravity. The tradeoff is that you will not be able to remove the stopper without disassembly of the connection
http://www.hometips.com/diy-how-to/bathroom-faucet-installation.html These pictures are not very good and there are videos because it's kind of hard to explain but, I'll try. The drain stop rod that goes through the fixture and would hang in your vanity should have a piece that bolts to it with holes in it. you need to pick the hole to go over the shaft taht sticks out of the drain pipe, That controls the stopper, taht will close the stopper when pulled up and, will open stopper enough to let water drain. You use the "v" shaped piece with the 2 holes in it to attach the two together. You have to position the v piece over both sides of the plunger piece and then squeeze and put the whole thing over the shaft of the pluger actuator. If you type, "how to install a faucett" in your search window, you can pick a video on how to install a "bathroom faucett" that will give you pictures. It's really hard to try to explain.
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.