I'm sure it's just hair (next time I'll put a hair catcher in) but I
can't get the drain cover off so I can stick something down there to
pull the hair out. I tried liquid plumber and that helped a little, but
It's a Delta plug assembly -- where you push a plunger-like lever on
top of the sink between the faucets to open and close it. It came with
the house. When I've encountered this problem before, I could just
lift the drain out...not this time. I've tried twisting it to no avail
and I sure don't want to compound my problem by breaking it.
Any ideas before I have to call a plumber for what should be a simple
home maintenance task?
Thanks in advance.
Take a look under the sink, most of those mechanisms are very simple.
You may have a plastic p-trap under there you can disassemble in a few
seconds for a good cleaning.
Try turning the plug as you lift up on it, a lot of them are designed
to be removed that way.
I found that if you take wire from a coat hanger and bend a very small
U into the end with needle-nosed pliers, it makes an excellent drain
hair remover. Twist as needed and pull. It's pretty easy.
Along the same lines, I've also seen plastic strips with barbs in them
that you insert in the drain and pull out to extract hair. It should
be dirt cheap.
Do you have plastic drain pipes? If so just put a bucket under the sink and
disassemble one or 2 sections of the drain pipe - 'P' trap. You should be
able to undo the fittings with your hands. This will make cleaning things
out pretty easy. If you need to you can also pull out the stopper pivot
ball/bar thing. Usually just unscrew the fitting just above the 'P' trap on
back side of the drain pipe and pull it out. Then the stopper should just
If metal drain pipes then do the same thing but you may need some tools.
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