As a homeowner, one of the most challenging aspects is ensuring your home’s smooth functionality and comfort. In most instances, homeowners will get engrossed in getting the most important things and forget the little things that bring the house together. For instance, taps, sinks, and tiles are hard to forget, but bathtub drain plugs are easily missed, especially during remodeling or building. Thus, it is crucial to have a reliable plumber who will remind you about those little things that bring your home to complete functioning. This article will define a bathtub plug and dive into the different types available on the market.
What Is a Bathtub Drain Plug?
A bathtub drain plug, or a drain stopper, is usually placed over the bathtub drain or any sink to hold water in place. It is mainly made of a rubber, metal, or silicon material and uses the pressure principle to prevent water from draining. It typically has a plastic ring around its edges that helps to keep it in place and stop the water from draining. At the bottom, the plug may have a hole at the center of the material, which helps with the high and low areas pressure principle.
Apart from holding the water in the sink or bathtub, drain plugs also help to prevent food, hair, and debris from getting into the drainage system. Consequently, they play an essential role in controlling your bathroom drainage from clogging, thus avoiding costly repairs and the constant need for a plumber.
Types of Bathtub Drain Plugs
When shopping for bathtub drain plugs for your home, it is advisable to have the input of a professional. Choosing the right type of bathtub drain plug might seem trivial. However, there is nothing more frustrating than getting into your tub after a long day for a hot relaxing bath only for you to realize that the drain plug cannot keep water from sipping through.
In addition to helping you get the right fit, a plumber will help you to achieve the perfect quality for your home. As a homeowner, you want your house to have a classic finish that meets your standard and oozes class and sophistication. A skilled professional will help you choose the right one that meets all these needs.
A pop-up stopper is a popular bathtub drain plug in the market. This drain stopper features two parts for its operation. It has plates which cover the drain hole of your drain hole while the connecting arm settles between the left and the right sink handles.
When you pull the arm, the drain stopper will either open or close depending on the model, and while pushing it down will have the opposite function. This type of bathtub drain plug is one of the most uncomplicated and straightforward stoppers to use. If you choose this type of stopper for your home, you should ask a plumber to walk you through its cleaning routine. However, it is essential to note that its benefits greatly outweigh the disadvantages.
The push/pull bathtub drain plug is another easy-to-use stopper available. For its operation, you should push down on it to close the drain, keep water in the sink, and pull it up to open the drain. In addition, the push/pull drain plug is easy to install for a skilled plumber. Thus, it should take less time. In addition, this type of stopper does not require many tools; it only needs a screwdriver.
The flip-it stopper is one of the most common and easy-to-use drain plugs in most homes. Due model design, this bathtub drain plug does not need any tools for a plumber to install it. The flip-it stopper seals the drain hole, creating a long-lasting solution. For the retention and release of water, there is a toggle above the drain hole or beside it. In addition to its easy and convenient use, the flip-it drain plug is also easy to maintain as it requires little to no maintenance throughout its life span. However, this stopper type has one major drawback worth considering. Finding the right fit for your home’s drain system can be challenging. Therefore, it is advisable to have a professional visit your home and investigate the best type to purchase.
Lift or Turn Stoppers
The lift/turn stopper is a bathtub drain plug whose design is based on its name. The stopper is turned to close, open your drain opening, and control the water. A skilled plumber will only check the knob featured on the cap to identify the turn or lift stopper quickly.
The most notable advantage of a lift and turn stopper is its ease of installation. A professional will screw its middle to the drain center like the push-and-pull stopper. In addition, the lift and turn drain plug is easy to maintain and works efficiently. However, if the lift and turn drain plug is over-tightened, the screw may tamper with its operation making it hard to remove. Therefore, it is advisable to use an experienced plumber to install it.
Touch Toe Stopper
Are you searching for a convenient drain plug for your home? The touch-toe stopper is the solution to your problem. As the name suggests, you can operate the touch-toe stopper with the tap of your toe, meaning you do not have to bend every time to operate it. The touch-toe stopper is a unique model of the drain plug in the market that utilizes a spring for its operation. However, the major disadvantage of this drain plug is that the spring needs regular replacement from a reliable plumber.
Choose the Right Tub Drain Plug
This small but effective item is an excellent addition to your home. Do you need one installed in your tub? Contact us at Peach Plumbing & Drain for quality installation services and any queries.
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