Unclogging a plugged bathtub drain can be an unpleasant and often time-consuming venture. Many commercial drain cleaning appliances and chemicals are expensive, require time to purchase, and are frequently detrimental to the environment. Fortunately, you don’t need to have any of these around in order to unclog your bathroom drain.
The next time you find yourself with a clogged drain, follow these tips in order to get unstuck and back to your life. Surface cleaning the first part of drain cleaning, and one of the most overlooked, is cleaning the surface of the drain. In most bathtubs this is the top of the stopper (usually a ‘drop’ stopper, one that drops into the drain in order to plug it).
Thoroughly cleaning it and removing any gathered hair or other materials will help prevent future stoppage of the drain. Use Your Hands Once you have finished cleaning the surface of the drain, continue by attempting to remove as much debris as possible with the use of only your hands. Oftentimes you will be able to clear large wads of hair that have collected beneath the stopper, a common culprit in drain stoppage.
This can even lead to a fixed drain. While employing this method, be sure to remember one thing: do not push at all! Pushing, even a slight amount, can further lodge the blocking material in the drain, and can make the whole process exponentially more difficult. When using your hands, only pull the material up and away from the drain.
Use a Few Household Tools If using your hands didn’t do the trick, don’t fret; there is another easy way to solve the problem. For this method, you will need a screwdriver, a coat hanger, and a pair of needle-nose pliers.Unfold the coat hanger so it is bent slightly. Then, at the very end of the straightened hanger, use the needle-nose pliers to bend a small hook a few inches from the top.
Take the hanger and insert the hooked end into the clogged drain. Push it in as far as it will go, and begin to slowly pull it out of the drain. If the problem is a large wad of hair, pulling the hanger out of the clog will usually bring the entire collection of hair with it. Remove the hanger and insert it a few times to ensure that you have fixed the problem entirely.
If this doesn’t fully work, don’t worry. Clumps of hair will frequently gather at the crossbar beneath the stopper. If you cannot unstick the hair simply by inserting and removing the bent hanger, grab a kitchen or utility knife and carefully slice through the collection of hair.
Once untangled, the hair should be easily removable by the use of your hands or the wire hanger. To test if the drain is unclogged using this method, simply turn on the water. If it still does not drain, repeat the previous steps until water is flowing again seamlessly.
No Need for a Plumber clogged drain can be troublesome, but it certainly isn’t a reason to call a plumber. The next time you find yourself with water that won’t drain, use these quick and easy tips to unclog the tub and get on with your day. This article was written by Billy Dunham, a home improvement expert who looks forward to helping you achieve an even better home. He writes this on behalf of Doug Turner Plumbing, your number one choice when looking for plumbing in Texas. Check out their website today and see what they can do for you!