How to Fix a Sink Stopper That Won’t Stay Up

How to Fix a Bathroom Sink Stopper Not Staying Closed 

By Mark J. Donovan

If you have a bathroom sink stopper that won’t stay up and remain closed when you pull up on the handle, fear not. You can fix this type of problem in just a few minutes, and often without even needing a tool.

How to Fix a Sink Stopper

Look under the bathroom sink and up at the sink drain pipe assembly. If you look carefully you will see a linkage assembly that is associated with the stopper handle and stopper. 

Look closely where the horizontal pivot arm/rod connects into the sink drain pipe. You should see the horizontal pivot arm rod connecting to a pivot nut that is attached to the sink drain pipe.

It is the pivot nut, and more specifically the ball behind it, that is causing your problem with the sink stopper that won’t stay up and closed when you pull up on the handle.

The pivot nut must be tight to create a sufficient enough amount of friction on the pivot ball/rod assembly to hold the sink stopper closed when you pull up on the stopper handle.

As a matter of fact, it is this friction with the pivot nut and ball assembly that enables the sink stopper handle to hold any position, including closed, open, or something in between.

So to resolve your problem with the bathroom sink stopper not staying closed when you pull up on the handle simply tighten the pivot nut. You may only need your finger and thumb to tighten it. 

Bathroom sink stopper not staying closed.

If they turn out to be insufficient, then use a small pair of pliers to tighten it up. After tightening the pivot nut your sink stopper not staying closed problem should be resolved.

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