Why Won’t My Bathtub Hold Water?

Are your dreams of relaxing in a bubble bath going down the drain (literally)? Don’t get too disappointed. When you notice your tub water draining prematurely, the fix is usually quite simple. 

Try the steps below and you’ll be back on your way to relaxation.

1. Find the source of the problem

If your tub won’t hold water, the problem likely lies in your bathtub drain stopper. Luckily, fixing this issue typically takes about an hour – so you can be back to soaking in a serene bubble bath in no time! The first step to fixing the drain stopper is to remove the drain stopper cover plate. 

2. Lift to reveal the linkage

The linkage moves the drain stopper up or down. It is important to inspect the linkage to make sure it is connected properly and functioning as it should. To do this, pull the lever and lift straight up until the linkage is fully exposed.

3. Fix your connections

Using a magnetic tool (you can find these at your local hardware store), find the plug and spring, and reconnect it to the linkage assembly. 

4. Check for tangles

The linkage can get bent or tangled. Check to make sure the linkage is hanging straight down and that the pin at the top of the linkage is in place. Replace this U-shaped pin if it is missing or broken. Once everything is in line and in place, adjust the length of the linkage to allow it to function properly. 

5. Replace the mechanism and refill your bath

Place the mechanism into the overflow tube and replace the drain stopper cover plate. Test the level to be sure the linkage has been adjusted properly. (If not, repeat steps 1-4 until it works!)

Need a plumber to fix your tub?

If you try these five steps and are still having bathtub troubles, it’s time to call in the professionals. The experienced team at Rick’s Plumbing will keep you from drowning in your sorrows and fix your tub fast. To schedule an appointment in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT, call us today at (203) 874-6629.