I live in a complex where a work order takes over a month. I can't even get them to clean the gutters so I knew this was something I had to do myself.
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I have a bathtub lever that goes up and down, but recently the lever won't lift up the drain cover to let the water run out. How can I fix this?
I just had this problem this morning and searched online for a solution, which is how I stumbled on this page. My lever would go up and down, but would not release the plug to drain the tub. I took the lever mechanism apart and the plug was not attached.
My grabber tool would not work, so I tried a c-hook and opened it a bit more using a pair of pliers. Then I wrapped the screw-end of the c-hook with string, and lowered it into the hole. Somehow I hooked the plug on the very first attempt, and it pulled right out. Before I reattached the fixture, I used the pliers to close the hook around the plug so that it didn't dislodge again. Good luck!
My shower drain has been emptying slowly and after cleaning it I noticed the silicone around the metal drain has partly come unstuck. How do I replace it? I'm a novice and unsure if I put new on top or remove the old one.
Personally, I never mess with plumbing issues and it sounds like you have 2--the slow drain, and the seal.
There are lots of videos for replacing the drain:
This is just one of many, but it can be VERY challenging and you could easily make it worse if you, as you say, are a novice.
A plumber can fix both issues quickly and a good one will get it done right the first time. Ask if they offer coupons or discounts (ours does if we make the appointment online).
Hope you get this resolved quickly and easily!! Post back how it goes!!
Always remove old silicone before you put on new. The area has to be clean and dry and you have to keep it dry for 48 hours. You will have to shower in another bathroom. A slow drain will have to be snaked.
The drain which is draining water slowly can be fixed by buying a new plunger and plunging the open drain while the bathtub has water in it, over the drain, while you plunge.
As far as the silicone, around the drain, I would consult a plumber and call and have them come out and give you an estimate on how much it will cost.
If your bathtub isn't draining well it can be a problem for taking baths and being able to use your bathroom properly. Getting the drain clear will make your bathtub, and bathroom in general, easier to use. This is a page about clearing a clogged bathtub drain.
This is a page about using a tub drain remover. Removing a tub drain can be done with a specific tool for this job.
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Does anyone know how much it might cost me to repair a broken bathtub drain? The lever will not stay down to let the water out without holding it by hand.