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Sink Stopper

Originally contributed by Jeff Butler • last updated 1/11/2021

If you’re renovating your bathroom, you may want to consider a pop up sink stopper. As part of the bathroom sink plumbing, it’s an easy feature to install and can help save on your water bill.


The term sink stopper typically refers to a stopper (or plug) that is built into the bathroom sink drain assembly. Although, the term can also apply to other types of attached and unattached drain plugs, including bathtub drain stoppers and kitchen sink stoppers. There are various styles and types of pop up sink stoppers, including some simple push drain stoppers and others with pull up handles. Some common types of tub stoppers include a toe touch bathtub stopper and a trip lever stopper. Sink stoppers (drain stoppers) typically have a simple assembly that requires little maintenance and can be removed and replaced when need be.

How To Remove A Sink Stopper

Sometimes, a bathroom sink stopper stops working properly and either gets clogged up or allows the water to drain out. Luckily, removing and cleaning or replacing your pop up drain stopper is fairly simple for most DIYers:

  • The first step is to try and remove the stopper by simply lifting and turning it, as several models operate this way for easy access. This is especially handy for fixing a clogged sink or checking the rubbers seals on the stopper.
  • If you need to access the sink stopper further, you may need to remove it from the assembly under the sink. Most sink stopper assemblies can be taken apart fairly easily, but, for specific instructions, please check with your owners manual or the manufacturer.