How to Remove a Pop-Up Drain


Pop-up drains are relatively simple fixtures. The puller, located in the faucet base, pulls up on a lift lever beneath the drain which, in turn, raises and lowers the pop-up stopper in the drain. Removing a pop-up stopper and drain first requires that you remove the stopper, then dismantle the drain pieces below to take the drain out of the sink.

Things You'll Need

  • Pliers
  • Bucket
  • Hammer/mallet
  • Block of wood
  • Position yourself underneath the sink. Look for a small spring clip that connects the vertical sink lift puller from the faucet to a horizontal lever. Unhook the spring clip and disconnect the two pieces from each other.

  • Unscrew the coupling holding the horizontal lever in place. Place your other hand in the sink and grab the pop-up stopper with your other hand. Pull out the ball valve from the drain pipe. You should then be able to remove the pop-up valve by pulling it straight up.

  • Place the bucket underneath the P-trap (the curved area of the drain pipe). Loosen the couplings at either end with pliers. Pull out the P-trap and empty the water inside into the bucket.

  • Unscrew the jamb nut located directly beneath the drain with the pliers. Pull this off the tailpiece, along with the rubber washer above it.

  • Remove the straight piece of plumbing directly beneath the drain, called the tailpiece, by unscrewing counterclockwise.

  • Place a block of wood underneath the drain. Tap on this with a hammer or rubber mallet until the drain pops off in the sink above.

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