How To Unclog A Bathtub Drain

Every person who lives on their own should know how to unclog a bathtub drain. A bathtub drain can become clogged by a combination of things such as hair and soap scum build up. Or it can become clogged if the screen is removes and something goes down the drain like soap, a shampoo cap, or even a child's toy. Learning how to unclog a bathtub drain can save you time, frustration, and money in the long run.

To unclog a bathtub drain, you will need:

  • A snake
  • A metal coat hanger
  • commercial drain cleaner
  • A reliable plumber, just in case
  1. Remove the screen. If you have a screen on your bathtub as most do, you will need to remove it in order to clear and large pieces of debris. If you do have a screen chances are that it is a build up of hair and soap scum that is slowing down your bathtub drain.

  2. The coat hanger technique. A metal coat hanger can be bent like a hook to unclog bathtub drains. It can be used to pull debris out of the pipes.

  3. The snake technique. The snakes is generally used to push clogs and debris the pipes and into the sewage system.

  4. A commercial drain cleaner. There are both liquid and powdered forms of commercial drain cleaner available. Each works in its own way. It is basically trial and error to figure out which one is going to work best for your clog. It is important to remember that commercial cleaner will remove clogged hair and soap scum but will not be able to remove any debris that may have went down the drain.

  5. A reliable plumber. While we hope never to have to call a plumber there is always the possibility that we will have to. If you don't know a plumber personally, ask friends and neighbors who they use or who they would suggest. Keep his number handy for those moments when you can not unclog the bathtub drain yourself.   

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