Types of Bathtub Drains


There are five main types of bathtub drains: foot lock, roller ball, lift and turn, pop-up and plunger.

Foot Lock

  • Foot lock drains have smooth drain stoppers that can be controlled by stepping on them.

Roller Ball

  • Roller ball drains can be operated by pushing the plug down to hold water and pulling it up to allow water to drain.

Lift and Turn

  • Lift and turn drains function by turning the plug in opposite directions to hold or drain water.


  • Pop-up drains are controlled by a trip lever attached to the tub wall. The trip lever moves the stopper up and down to seal and open the drain.


  • Plunger drains are also controlled by a trip lever. These drains have no visible stopper; the trip lever moves a hidden plunger up and down to seal and open the drain.

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