I can't figure out how to get the drain stopper out of my tub/shower? I can clean out whatever accumulated hair/gunk is making it drain so slow... ? What to do (besides get a plumber)? I've tried yanking it, and unscrewing (Neither direction works)?

BeAnHa6 years ago
My drain stopper had to be unscrewed from the piece (rocker arm?) below. I have an old house and it was really stuck, but using a heavy duty screwdriver to push on it finally loosened it up. I still couldn't remove the rocker arm from the drain, but at least I could reach down into the drain with my hook (made from a coat hanger) and pull out the hair, then clean the pieces and drain.
dcady6 years ago
I had a similar problem with my tub stopper. Mine is the kind you push down to close/open, and I discovered that the rim of the stopper beneath the rubber seal is round except for in one small space. There it's flat and in that flat spot is a tiny screw. I had to use a mirror and flashlight to find it, but once I did, it was fairly simple to loosen the screw and remove the stopper.
rickharris6 years ago
Drop some washing soda and a cup full of boiling water into the drain and leave overnight. Repeat as necessary.

IF no luck the try the people here they will be able to suggest other approaches.
lemonie6 years ago
Go "fishing" with a piece of stiff wire, bent into a hook at the end (then call a plumber if you have to). You should remove the drain fitting from underneath, but I guess you haven't tried because it's hard to reach?