How To Unclog Bathtub Drain


Typically, a bathtub includes a drain along with a strainer. And at the bottom end of it, there is also a stopper or a lever for controlling the drainage system. The strainer will usually block any object going down the drain.

How To Unclog Bathtub Drain

On the contrary, smaller objects like hair might stick to the drain. Additionally, the strainer would snag hair and it’s the main cause of the slow drainage system. In that case, if you clear out the filter and remove the accumulated hair from these parts, you will have a clean bathtub for use.

So, in this post, we are going to discuss exactly how you can unclog a bathtub using different tools. Let’s read the entire post and make your bathtub clean!

Some General Things to Consider

The clogs can catch up under the strainer. You can understand that if you hold a flashlight into the drain. Therefore, if you want to remove the clogs from a shorter distance, you need to remove the strainer. The strainer comes with a single screw that holds the thing in one place. When you are removing the screw, you have to be careful as you can drop it down the drain quickly.

However, a couple of pieces of tape can help with this situation. Just cover the drain with the tape and start working on it. If there is a built-in stopper in the bathtub, you may have to twist and lift it to remove it. Keep in mind if you are using chemical uncloggers or if you have worn gloves and long sleeves with eye protection, you have to flood water into the drain before cleaning out the clogs.

In case, if the bathtub contains a lever control over the drain, it will have a pop-up style plug. As we stated earlier that the mechanism within the drain has a tendency to snag hair, you can remove and clean it to solve the problem.

To do that, you have to pull up the plug from the drain and shake it gently to get it out of the drain. The total height of the system is six to eight inches long. In that case, it will be much easier to clean the entire gunk from it and put it back in the drain.

Remember that you have to insert and shake it for putting it back into place. Not to mention you have to keep the same position as it was before when it came out.

How to Unclog Your Bathtub with a Plunger?

You can unclog your bathtub with a plunger as well. When using a plunger, you have to fill in the tube with a sufficient level of water. It will cover the drain entirely and put the plunger cup above the drain.

How to Unclog Your Bathtub with a Plunger?

Now, you should press the button for releasing the plunger for around 20 seconds. If you see the water draining out from the tub, you should understand that the clog is drained out.

In contrast, if you hear some noise or gurgling that is coming out of the plunger, you should know the clog lies deeper than you expected. In that case, you will need a drain snake or blow bag to clear out the mess.

How to Unclog Your Bathtub with a Drain Snake?

If you are using a drain snake, you can put it into the tub drain a few times. However, it will be useful if you decide to go through the overflow outlet. First, you should remove the cover from the overflow unit and pull out the drain linkage (with a lever control).

How to Unclog Your Bathtub with a Drain Snake?

You should now insert the snake into the overflow opening and extend it to the drain. Then you will have to crank and retract the snake for clearing the clog.

When your work is finished, you have to run some water into the drain. It will make sure the drain is clear. Finally, you will reinstall the linkage and overflow cover to put the drain in the previous setup.

Bottom Line

After going through the above process, you might still have a clogged bathtub. Many people would now think of using chemicals. However, we recommend not using them because chemicals are not useful.

In some cases, they might damage your bathtub and pipes. What’s more, if you work on a drain that has a chemical in it, it will be tough for you to clog it.

To add to the misery, almost all types of chemical drain cleaners are worthless. The best option would be to run hot water through the drain. So, forget about the chemicals and keep your drainage system clean.

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