Bathtub fixtures are often purchased for decorative purposes. The drains, however, help in keeping water inside and flowing it out after use. Many people are uninformed that the market offers different types of bathtub drains. It is important to choose the one that matches with the bathtub.

Here are some of the different styles of drains:

Different Types of Bathtub Drains 

  1. Lift-and-Turn Bathtub Drain

This plug is mostly identified by the small knob on the top making it easy to open and close. The installation process needs minimal effort. Just screw it in the middle towards the squeeze through the center of the drain. Never tighten the drain too much to avoid getting it stuck. However, if you still end up stuck, use a flat screwdriver.

These drains are highly versatile, so you can use them on many tubs like under mount, vessel, and those without overflows. This drain needs little maintenance thanks to its design. All you need is an irregular pulling out of the unit to take out all debris.

  1. Push-and-Pull Drain

The design of this drain simulates the lift-and-turn type. The process of installation only requires using a screw to attach the body to the drain.  As the name suggests, all you need is to open and close through pushing and pulling. What is more, its design enables it to last over time with little care.

  1. Toe-Touch Bathtub Drain

This model also mimics the above type. Even though it features a spring, its installation is just like that of other models. This means using it is very easy as though you are walking into the bathtub. Open and close it by simply pushing it down with one toe. The most exciting thing about this type is the fact that it is easily maintained. However, after some years of service, it is necessary to replace its spring.

  1. Flip-It Bathtub Drain

You do not need tools to have this type ready for use in any bathtub. Fix it into the drain hole and see the rings included makes it secure and strongly sealed. Using it is also easy since you simply need to move the fastening lever from one side to another to have it either opened or closed.

  1. Trip Lever Drain

Another standout type is the Trip Level model. It has levers placed on the front side of the bathtub. The drain hole of this unit has a strainer too. Different from the other types of drains, it is quite confusing when it comes to removing it for cleaning purposes. The process includes taking it out of its plate.

  1. Grid Drain

This drain type does not have a plug but instead, its surface is grated. The holes in it will not allow the bathtub to become full. The design keeps small items away from the drain. Consequently, it is not prone to clogging. The fact that it has a lot of detachable parts makes the maintenance easy.

  1. Pop-Up Drain

This is one of the most popular types. It has two parts: the outside sleeve and an inside plug using its long arm. Pulling the plug down covers the drain opening letting the tub fill up with water. There are pop-up drains that are equipped with some device at the back of the tub to control the drain. The latest versions open and close when the user touches the unit.

Many people often confuse this type of drain for the old-style bathtub pop up because they have similar designs. It also functions like the trip lever style since it has a lever and an overflowing plate. Lift the lever to move its connecting rod rotating the rocker arm. However, the process of removing this filth is quite complicated.

This drain is highly versatile and user-friendly, thus commonly installed in hotels, homes, and restaurants. The good thing is that although the units are not maintenance-free it is easy to repair when there is a breakdown. Replacing its parts takes about ten minutes using pliers only.

How Do You Remove Bathtub Drains?

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There are the types of drains that need to be handled well when removing them.  For instance, the Push-pull and Flip-lever are secured to an arm that should be taken out at once. Here are some of the steps to follow:

  • Move its revolving knob to the exposed location.
  • Remove the drain from the hole and apply twisting movements to take out the entire arm.
  • Clean off any dirt from the components. Remove limescale buildups using vinegar or some commercial-grade cleaners.
  • Restore its original gloss by brushing up the drain with a chrome polish. Either use commercial type or a home-based one by mixing vinegar and lemon. Then, gently return the arm to the drain hole until it completely fits.
  • Check if the drain is working by moving its lever.

The above procedure is the same for drains designed as the toe touch models. But, to remove those having springs, you should:

  • Loosen the drain and remove it by waggling the handle in an anticlockwise direction. Perform the task either by using two plier’s pairs or your hands.
  • Remove the mounting support with counterclockwise actions. Then, use a small and sturdy brush to clean the filth on the drain hole.
  • Thread back the mounting support of the drain to the bottom. Reattach its knurled dial above the drain.
  • Attach the fixing post to the fitting at the bottom of the drain. And bring back the knob on the drain’s surface.
  • Confirm if the drain is functioning properly and attend to any potential spillages.


With technological advancements, the tubs can appear and work as you please. Usually, the market offers different types of tubs and every style requires a specific type of drain. Bathroom drains are vital pieces that ensure the cleanness of your bathing area and floor. So, it is good to always choose the model that best fits the drain opening. If you know what you want, the buying process will not be complicated.