How to Replace a Bathroom Sink Stopper

What You'll Need
New bath sink stopper
Adjustable spanner wrench
Plumbers putty

To replace bathroom sink stoppers may not be a day to day job in our house, however from time to time it will most probably be a task that you will have to do. Therefore, it is a good idea to learn how to go about it.


Step 1 - Remove the Old Sink Stopper

When you need to replace your bathroom sink stopper the first tip is to remove the old one and take it with you to your ironmongery or plumbing store to make sure to match the pop-up assembly when purchasing the new sink stopper. To do so you will need to remove it by means of an adjustable spanner wrench or pliers. This has to be done from under the sink since the connections are down there. You should check out the components of the stopper to see what the actual problem was. Disconnecting the drain pipe will enable you to remove the stopper.

Step 2 - Clean Up

Once you have removed the drain assembly and the pop-up feature, which regulates your sink stopper, you may need to clean up these components from any residual bits that were inside the connections before installing the new sink stopper.

Step 3 - Use some Plumber’s Putty

Make use of some plumber’s putty to create a water tight seal for your sink connections. Cut out an elongated piece to put around the new sink strainer and make sure it is placed along the entire edge.

Step 4 - Replace the Connections

The next step is to replace the connections that were removed from under the sink, including any washers and nuts by means of the pliers. At this point, it would be a good idea to replace any washers which show some wear.

Step 5 - Remove any Excess Putty

Once you have tightened it up clean up any residuals of excess plumber’s putty from around the sink stopper.

Step 6: Re-fit the Tailpiece

Now is the time to refit the sink’s tailpiece. You will need to tighten it up securely to avoid any spillages of water later on.

Step 7 - Place the New Sink Stopper

Finally, insert the new sink stopper into the sink’s drain hole and test that the pop-up works when you push the connection to make it work. Also check that no water leakages are occurring from the pipes and that the water drains properly when the stopper is opened. If all this works well then you can congratulate yourself on doing a great job!

Common bathroom sink stopper malfunctions, which may occur from time to time, may result in failing to open correctly, irregular accumulation of water in the sink bowl, and inadequate closure. These may be minor problems but they can become annoying, so it is a good idea to learn how to replace a sink stopper yourself.