How to Remove a Tub Drain Plug

What You'll Need
Flat head screwdriver

If you have to remove tub drain plugs, you need to identify the type of plug first. There are a few different plugs, but one of the most common is the trip-lever. This type of plug has a lever to raise or lower the plug stopper. The stopper will be either an invisible plunger stopper, or a visible pop-up stopper. 

Step 1 – Find the Plug

For a pop-up plug. Find the plug, it should be located below the spigot on the tub. Drain all the water out of the tub. 

Step 2 – Remove the Cover and Drain Plates

Lift the lever to open the stopper. With the screwdriver, unscrew the cover plate below the spigot and remove the trip handle. If you are working on a sink, there is no cover plate. Remove the screw of the drain plate and pry it up with the screwdriver. If you are working on a sink, skip this step. 

Step 3 – Remove the Assembly

Wriggle the stopper while pulling it up to remove the entire assembly. Be careful, as it will not be attached to the drain. Clean or replace the assembly and screw on the cover and drain plates. 

Other types of drain plugs will usually have one or more screws that you will have to loosen to remove the plug. You will often be able to access the screws by pulling up the plug while turning counterclockwise.