How To Clean A Pop-Up Basin Waste?

In this blog post, you’ll read:In modern Homes, nobody wants to see dirty or stuck basins. Basins that look decent and configured with well working pop-up wastes are always favorite to all. But for the mechanism, it is hard to clean the pop-up waste for normal people. I hope after reading this guide, anyone can clean a pop-up basin waste like PRO. Stay tuned.

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What Is A Pop-Up Basin Waste?

A basin waste is a path designed to release the water safely from the basin. And a pop-up waste works with the use of a bar or kind of a lever. You may see the lever behind your washbasin. For each tap of the cap, the liver helps the stopper/plug (narrow tube underneath the button or cap) to go up or down. That is why this type of wastes was named pop-up basin waste. 

Keeping the basins clean to give them a new look and work with flexibility is important. But before jump into the cleaning guide, we want to share some extra things with you. This will help you to perform the cleaning task efficiently.

How Does A Pop-Up Basin Waste Works?

We have mentioned before that pop-up wastes are work with a lever. And the stopper is installed inside the waste, under the cap. It is connected with a rod, called a pivot rod. Similarly, the pivot is connected with another rod, named the lift rod. When the lift rod goes up, it also pulls the pivot rod. Then the pivot rod, which is attached to the stopper, pulls the stopper down. This is how the mechanism of pop-up basin wastes works. 

Importance of Cleaning Basin Wastes

Pop-up wastes are often used in the kitchens or the bathrooms. Food leftovers in the kitchen and hair in the bathrooms are the major problems for pop-up wastes. This type of thing goes inside of wastes and gets stuck. As a result, jammed food leftovers into the waste may spread ill smell after some days. 

Most importantly, if you do not clean the plug regularly, it will be stuck after some time. This can be frustrating and often needs to replace the whole waste. So, to be safe, keep them always clean.

Since you learned about the mechanism, now you are ready to go. We will teach you now how you can clean your pop-up basin waste very well. So, here you go.

Pop-Up Basin Waste Cleaning Guide

Why do you want to clean your waste? Let us guess. Either the plug is stuck, or the water is not going out well due to the jammed path. Right? Don’t worry. We will give you the perfect solution. So, let’s jump straight to the point.

Guide To Repair and Clean the Stopper in a Pop-Up Basin Waste

Follow these steps to clean the stopper:

Step 1: Unscrew the Cap

Firstly, you need to unscrew the cap from the head of that waste. To unscrew, grab the cap (if it’s in the open position) with your fingers and rotate it counterclockwise. If you don’t get that grip to turn, use something that grips; kitchen gloves would be suitable.

What If the cap is stuck in the closed position and won’t come out? Don’t worry. Get the gloves once again. Put it straight over the top and put the pressure on the center cap. And try to spin it anti-clockwise. After some spins, it will unscrew. 

Take the cap when it’s free and inspect it. You’ll find some rubber seal around it. Make sure that it’s nice and clean. If there is any problem or crack, then replace it. 

Step 2: Pull the Stopper Up

After taking off the cap, now take a look at the inside of the waste. There is a brass tube; it’s the stopper/plug. It would help if you pulled that thing up. 

You can quickly grab it with your fingers and unscrew it just the way you did for the cap. Sometimes it is well tight. If so, then use flat pliers (there are edges for pliers at both sides on the stopper’s head) to disconnect it from there. 

Step 3: Disassemble

You got the stopper in your hand now. You have to disassemble it now to have access inside. Else you cannot fix the internal up down problem. 

[Note down everything, else you will have trouble assembling the stopper]…

To disassemble it, remove the ring from the bottom of the plug. All you have to do is pop the round-up with a flathead screwdriver, and it will come out. Now you’ll see a bent shaft and a bent piece of a metal rod attached to it. Again use that flathead screwdriver, pop that rod up and pull it out.

[Note: The bent metal rod has two ends. One side is slightly curved, and the other end usually is flat. Remember the curvy end goes in the inside, and the flat end goes outside of the mechanism]

Now come to the screw. I need to unscrew that and take the piston off. To undo that screw, take a screwdriver and spin it to the left. But make sure to press the head section of the piston with your thumb… to prevent accidental fall of that spring. 

You can see the Heart-shaped groove inside the head of the piston. The curvy end of the rod runs on that groove and helps the piston to lock-up and lock-down.

Step 4: Wash and Wipe

So, you have successfully disassembled all the parts of the stopper. Now it’s time to clean those parts properly. A piece of cloth, an old toothbrush, and some water can help you better. Wash all the parts with the use of water and brush. Then wipe with the cloth. 

All parts now look clean and tidy. If possible, apply some grease on the heart shape groove area and the bent rod’s curvy side. This will help them to work with great flexibility.

Step 5: Reassemble

Above all, now you need to reassemble the parts. Follow the above steps reversely, or follow your note that you’ve taken during disassembly. Or, here is a short direction:

You can see the notch area outside of the piston. A line that notch up with the screw. Once you’ve got that in place, hold both sides of the stopper vertically with your thumb and index finger. Then tighten that screw back up. Check the piston is doing up and down work correctly or not. 

To place the bent rod, push and hold the piston downward. Insert the curvy end of the rod inside of the stopper and place it.

Finally, put the ring back at the bottom. 

Guide To Clean the Path under the Pop-Up Basin Waste

Clean the interior of the pop-up waste before installing the stopper inside the waste. This is the area where food leftovers, hair, etc., are being stuck. You can do this step before the stopper disassembly step. To clean this area: Rub that area with the old brush. If it’s more in-depth, you can use any long thin type of stick. 

Look into the deeper and inspect the inside condition. However, it is darker there; use your mobile flashlight to look at it. 

Finally, throw out some water to clear the path.

Final Step: Make Everything Right

The path is clear, and the stopper is clean, let’s place the stopper and cap now. To place them:

Insert the backside of the stopper into the waste and rotate to the right side this time. To tighten it, you can use the pliers.

Similarly, place the cap at the upper side of the stopper and rotate to the right. 

After all, that, press the cap and make sure if the whole mechanism is working well or not. If yes, then congratulations, you have done it correctly.


To Conclude:

In conclusion, pop-up basin waste is a modern technology that spreads the beauty of a basin. To keep that good impression, it is important to keep them clean. It is a 10-15 minutes job to clean the basin wastes. However, you don’t have to be a professional to do that. Just follow our guide. Good Luck.

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