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Bathroom Sink Repair – Part 2: Proper Cleaning

Cleaning your sink can be one of the best, simplest thing you can do for your sink. For Part 2 of the Bathroom Sink Repair series, we want you to know how you can properly clean your sink to maintain your sink’s longevity throughout its prolonged use.


If you live in an area with mineral-rich water, you want to make sure that you dry your sink after every use, especially if you have a natural stone sink. Sinks of different makes and models have types of cleaning products are more compatible than others. Acid or abrasive cleaners can cause permanent damage to most stone basins. To ensure the longevity of your sink, we suggest regular upkeep!

Sink Stopper

Most sinks have a lever behind the faucet that can be pulled up for the lever system to pull the stopper down and secure it in place. The stopper’s o-ring completes the seal and holds the water from draining. If your stopper does not hold water in your sink, it may be time to replace your sink stopper. Before you begin working on the cleaning or repair, you will want to clear everything out from under your sink so that you have maximum space while performing the work under your sink.

  1. We begin by locating your drainpipe’s retaining nut attached to a horizontal pivot rod. Loosen that nut and remove the horizontal pivot rod.
  2. At the opposite end of the horizontal pivot, you will find the clevis, which you will see is a vertical bar with holes in it. Mark the rod where the vertical bar connects to the clevis with a permanent marker. You will also want to mark where the clevis screw connects to the stopper rod.
  3. Loosen and remove the screw to remove the clevis and soak both the clevis and horizontal pivot rod in a mild cleaning solution (or vinegar).
  4. Next, lift the stopper out of the basin and inspect the o-ring located beneath the stopper head. If you see that the o-ring is brittle or cracked, it will need to be replaced. Have the stopper rinsed and cleaned with a mild cleaning solution.
  5. Once the parts have been cleaned and/or replaced, reattach the clevis to the stopper rod. Be sure to tighten the clevis screw

Rusty or Sticky Faucets

Rusty or sticky faucets can be easily fixed with a quick replacement. Depending on your taste or style, replacements can range from $10 to $1,500+. Already have one picked out? Call Mark today to help you install your new faucet!

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