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Tips for Cleaning a Lift-and-Turn Tub Stopper

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Bathroom clogs tend to be more stubborn that kitchen-drain clogs. This is because grease tends to be one of the components of a kitchen clog, and grease can be easily removed simply by introducing heat into the drain, thus melting the grease and causing the clog to release. Hair tends to be the key component in a bathroom-drain clog, and the same compounds that heat up and dissolve a grease clog will have little effect on hair. The process of cleaning a bathroom drain is only more complicated if you have a lift-and-turn stopper. But if you know what you are doing, you should still be able to take care of the problem on your own. 

Clog Formation

If you have a lift-and-turn stopper, it will restrict the interior of your drain more than a traditional stopper. With the lift-and-turn stopper, hair can get caught in the assembly the stopper attaches to. As more and more hair builds up on the stopper, it will restrict the flow of water more and more until dirt and other debris get caught in the wad of hair, resulting in a slow or completely stopped drain. 

Removal of the Clog

To remove the clog, you will need to remove your stopper. Use these steps:

1. Grasp the main body of the stopper with a pair of channel-lock pliers.

2. Try to twist the knob on top of the stopper to the left with your hand. If you cannot, use a pair of pliers, but be careful not to knick or scuff the finish on the stopper. 

3. Once you have removed the knob, you will be able to see a screw which holds the stopper in place. Remove this screw then remove the stopper. Make sure you keep track of all the components of your stopper. 

4. With the stopper out of the way, you should be able to see the assembly that holds your stopper in place. Use a pair of needle-nose pliers to reach down between the arms of the assembly, grasp wads of hair, and then pull them out of the way. 

5. Once you have removed as much hair as you can with the pliers, fill the bottom of your tub with water. Then use a plunger to remove whatever hair is left in the clog. The water helps the plunger to get a good seal so that it can work properly. 

6, With the clog removed, reassemble your stopper. 

While a lift-and-turn stopper may look intimidating at first, as long as you have a few basic tools around your home, you should be able to remove the clog and deal with your problem. However, for a complicated issue that warrants the help of a professional, consult a plumber in your area such as A Absolute Plumbing & Heating