- Remove the two screws holding the overflow cover in place using a flat-head screwdriver.
- Remove the overflow cover. Do not pull hard because the drain stopper is still attached by the linkage. Pull the stopper out of the overflow drain tube.
- Examine the drain lever. If it is rusted or stuck in place, try to remove the rust with a wire brush. Lubricate the lever with silicone grease. If this does not work, you will have to replace the overflow cover and trip lever with a new one.
- Ensure that the stopper links are in good condition and free of rust or other weak spots. Replace if necessary. Make a note of the length they are set at so you can set the new links at the same length. Tighten the lock nut in place.
- Check the drain stopper. Clean off any gunk or debris. Lubricate thoroughly with silicone grease.
- Lower the drain stopper back into the overflow tube.
- Replace the overflow cover. Secure in place with the screws.
Things You Will Need
- New overflow cover and lever assembly, linkage, or stopper (if needed)
- Wire brush
- Silicone grease
- If you need to replace components, PVC is a lightweight and inexpensive alternative.