Keep Your Pop-Up Stopper Clean
The pop-up stopper on your bathroom sink is a magnet for hair, dental
floss and other yucky stuff. And it's probably a good thing because it
keeps all of that out of your drains. But allowing this waste to build up for too
long can cause the sink to drain slower and slower and eventually not empty at
all. And because the water flow down the drain is also slowed, clogs in the drain
lines can form more easily.
When you notice that your bathroom sink is draining slowly, remove the stopper
and clean it. Most pop-ups can be installed two ways. They can either be hooked
into the pivot rod that lifts them, or simply rest on it. If your pop-up stopper is
hooked in, you'll have to unscrew the nut on the back of the tailpiece (under the
sink) and pull out the pivot rod to release the pop-up (left photo). When you
reassemble it, try reinstalling the rod without running it through the hole in the
pop-up stopper. Then drop the stopper into the drain hole. In most cases, it will
work fine this way, and you'll be able to remove the pop-up stopper for cleaning
without removing the rod.