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Sink Stopper

Originally contributed by • last updated 3/10/2021

Sanibell BV

If you’re doing a full renovation on your bathroom and you’re putting in a whole new sink with new fixtures, you may want to consider the benefits of a pop up sink stopper. Not only are they more sanitary than a traditional sink plug, they’re also much harder to lose. And as part of your bathroom sink’s 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. But, the term can also apply to other types of attached and unattached drain plugs, including the ones in the bathtub and in the kitchen sink. These handy little features come in various styles and designs, including some simple push button 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 typically have a simple assembly that requires little maintenance and can be removed and replaced when need be.

What’s The Easiest Way To Remove A Sink Stopper?

Despite all of their advantages over a regular sink plug, built in drain stoppers have some downfalls that can make them a bit of a nuisance. For instance, sometimes a bathroom sink stopper can get clogged up with hair and other things, causing water to back up into the basin. Other times, it allows water to drain out because something is blocking the seal. Luckily, removing and cleaning or replacing one of these little drain stoppers is fairly simple for most DIYers:

  • The first step is to try and remove the stopper by simply lifting and turning it. Several models operate this way, allowing for easy access to the drain. 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.