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Tips For Clearing A Clog In Your Bathtub Drain

by April Rivera

A clogged bathtub drain is often more difficult to clear than a kitchen drain. A plunger doesn't work as well due to the shape of the tub and the overflow drain that allows pressure to escape. Plus, using chemical drain cleaners in a clogged tub isn't a very good idea because you're left with a big problem if the chemicals don't work and they float around your tub. Here are some things that might help.

Dig Out The Hairball

One of the main reasons for a clogged bathtub drain is a hair clog. The first thing to try when your water is slow to drain or if the drain is clogged completely is to dig out the hairball. If you have an old wire hanger around the house, you can straighten out the hook and use the straight wire to dig around the drain. Try to grab the clog and pull it out. An easier solution is to buy a tool made for the purpose of removing hair clogs. These are inexpensive plastic strips that have serrated edges that grab onto hair. Just push it into the drain and pull it out and hopefully, you'll pull out a big hair clog along with it.

Pour In Boiling Water

Another reason bathtub drains clog up is because of soap scum. One way to flush the soap scum on through the plumbing is to melt it with boiling water. Fill a tea kettle or other container with water and heat it until it boils. Hot water from the tap isn't hot enough to work, so heat the water up on the stove. Just be careful carrying the water and pouring it into the drain. You may need to pour a few kettles into the drain to clear it out completely. You can also try pouring some baking soda into the drain. Follow that with vinegar so the solution fizzes and cleans the sides of the drain. When the fizzing stops, pour boiling water into the drain to flush through all the soap scum that worked loose.

Call In A Plumber

It's probably best to avoid the urge to use a chemical drain cleaner if the above efforts don't work. It's best to be safe and call in a plumber. The plumber may work on your bathtub drain or he or she may determine what the problem is with a clog in your main sewer drain. Sometimes when the main drain clogs, it causes water to drain slowly out of the tub. A plumber can quickly identify your problem and fix it with a drain snake or sewer snake if indicated. Calling in a plumber to clear a single drain usually doesn't cost that much, and you can probably get service the same day. That can save you a lot of time and wasting money on various plumbing supplies to try to unclog the drain yourself.

To learn more, contact a company like Midwestern Plumbing Service.