I don't know what to do. I closed the bathroom sink plunger for my first
time ever, to wash a shirt, and now pushing or pulling the handle doesn't
open it! It's like it's not even connected anymore. The sink is old. The
water will not drain, except through the emergency drain hole at the top of
the sink. And when I use the sink, it overflows, since that hole is too
small to drain. I now have a fruit fly infestation.
I don't want to have to contact the landlord to fix this for various
reasons. She wouldn't be able to fix it for a few weeks anyway. The water in
the sink is disgusting. I don't want to have to open the sink from the
bottom pipes either. Is there any way to manually force the plunger open so
the sink drains again? I tried a kitchen knife, but it wouldn't fit. I need
something strong, yet thin, to fit in.
Back away from the kitchen knife.
You need to open the cabinet door under the sink (if you have
one...Oh Deer Lowered, I may have just confused you *more*?)
and look for a piece of metal rod or tube sticking out the
back of the drain pipe (that's the fat one in the middle, you
know, under the hole!) You should recognize this metal rod
because it will have one close to it that is likely detached,
that would be the one attached to the bottom of "the handle".
Anyway, those two need to be *connected* somehow, that's your
long-term project, but for now just concentrate on the one
sticking out of the drain pipe. You should be able to grab
ehe end of it and gently lower it (think one side of a
see saw!) and that will move the drain plunger up, out of
the hole. Good luck.
Thanks! I lowered the rod sticking out of the drain pipe and it worked! The
problem is the rods are not detached The drain stop can consistently close
the sink, but it won't open it up at all. There is a flexible plastic strip
with various holes in it, like a belt, that connects the two rods, and when
I push down on the rod behind the faucet to raise drain stop, the this
plastic strip merely flexes, and there is not enough rigidity in it to open
the drain stop. What should I do?
And btw, I'm not a blonde. :)
Since you said you did it for the first time ever, I got the impression that
you won't need to do this very often. If that's the case, have the landlord
Otherwise, see if the strap can go in a lower hole on the rod that goes up
to the faucet part.
Well I'll be. That's not supposed to happen that way!
Under normal conditions, that piece of plastic should stay
rigid enough to force the bottom piece to move. Either
something has happened to make the drain stop *lots* harder
to move, or the piece with the holes is literally "worn out".
I agree with the other reply, either report it to the
landlord / significant other / handy friend or try
and use another hole.
Struth, give me strength!
Use Chlorox/Javex sparingly to kill odour and dump small amount (say less
than an egg cup full) down the overflow to kill fruit flies.
Repeat, if necessary, while you drain the sink using a piece of tubing into
your wash bucket which you then dump down the toilet. (You do have a wash
bucket or large pan of some kind?). Maybe even a large saucepan? Bathroom
toilet can't be far away?
Or; you can wear a pair of rubber kitchen gloves and bale out the sink using
any old container!
Sorry I'm not close enough to come and do it for you! :-)
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