The drain stopper mechanism is a pop-up assembly with a tiny vertical pole connected to a pivot rod below the sink for most bathroom sinks. A lifting rod slides up and down through a tiny hole in the back of the faucet body. The pivot rod converts motion inside the drain tailpiece to lifting or lowering the stopper as needed.
When you install a new sink, you’ll need to replace the drain stopper. When installing a new faucet, check for and remove any existing stopper assembly. Finally, if a sink drains leaks, you may purchase a new stopper assembly to replace the old broken one.
A drain stopper is generally a straightforward installation, but it can occasionally become more difficult owing to changes in the fixture or connections.
Step By Step Instructions: How to Install a Pop-Up Drain
Here we are going to show you step by step guide on how to install a pop-up drain in your bathroom sink.
6 Steps to Install a Sink Pop-up Drain Stopper
You’ve completed your research, acquired all the necessary materials and tools, and set everything up. You’re ready to get down to business now that you’ve prepared everything.
Follow these six steps to install your sink’s pop-up drain stopper:
- Prep the area – Remove any extra water from the sink first. Because you won’t want water to fall on you or the floor after removing the drain trap, it’s a good idea to put a bucket or pot under the sink to catch any additional water.
- Remove the old drain – The drain parts and the pop-up lift rod may all be found below the sink. Remove the rod by unscrewing it. Then, grab and loosen the lock nut near the bottom of the lavatory sink using your pliers. Remove the drain assembly from under the sink by pushing up on it and moving it around to loosen it up, then expect any remaining water to flow out. Return to the sink’s top and start unscrewing the pop-up ring to remove it, allowing you to remove the drain assembly from beneath the sink. The pop-up ring is sometimes incorporated into the whole assembly and must be pulled up through the sink in current installations.
- Install the drain flange – Apply the plumber’s putty around the base of the chrome ring, which is at the top of the new drain flange, after cleaning any remaining caulk or putty from around the hole to the drain. In the next step, you’ll install the flange.
- Prep the bottom assembly – To create a tight seal at the bottom of the sink, apply putty to the rubber washer on the lower section. Pushing the assembly up through the sink’s bottom until it appears the rubber gasket is completely sealed might help. After this, you’ll connect the flanging top to the bottom drain assembly, which is now sticking up. Connect it, but don’t worry about it being tight just yet. To tighten the lock nut on the bottom assembly, use pliers. Clean any extra putty from the ring with a towel or piece of paper.
- To install the stopper, first, place it into the drain from the top. Insert the nut with the ball inside the drain pipe. Push the pole to ensure the drain is moving up and down. If everything goes according to plan, tighten the nut. If not, adjust the stopper until it catches on the rod.
- Position the lever – Connect the horizontal rod to the vertical lever by feeding the lever into the sink’s hole. To adjust the pop-up’s height, move the extension pin up or down to a different slot.
Now that you know how to install a pop-up drain, it should be relatively easy. Just remember to take your time and double-check that everything is tightened properly before using the sink. If you have any questions, ask a professional for help.