|How to unclog bathtub drain|
Does your bathtub drain get clogged every other day? This time before calling a plumber, try unclogging the drain on your own. Mentioned below are some tricks that you can use to unclog your bathtub drain easily. Sure it sounds gross but unclogging the drain using these tricks will help save a lot of money too. Read on to know more about it.
How to unclog bathtub drain
• Clean the Drain cover and Stopper
Now if the drain cover is fit into its place by a screw then unscrew it, and clean it. There may be some hair or other things accumulated that led to the clogging of the drain.Some bathtubs have a stopper preinstalled. On those tubs, first put on the stopper and then twist it to unscrew it. Then look for anything accumulated under it. Clean and wash the stopper thoroughly to unclog the drain. Now put the drain cover and the stopper back on the same way you removed it.
• Baking Soda
In a container, mix baking soda and vinegar in equal quantity. Mix it thoroughly and pour it into the drain followed by some hot water. Don’t use boiling water. Now use a plumbing stick to remove any clog stuck.
• Hot water
If your drain is lightly clogged, hot water trick works perfect. It is recommended that you do not use boiling water as it may end up damaging the fitting used in the bathtub drain. Just pour some hot water into the drain without splashing. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then use a plunger.
• Drain Hook
If the reason your drain has clogged is hair or some other things accumulated in the drain cover, then using a drain claw works best. If you don’t won a plumbing stick, then you can straighten a hanger and use it. You can also use any stick. Just insert it into the drain and try to catch any clog. But don’t push it into the drain as it will end up clogging the drain even more.
• Plumbing Snake
It is a metal tool that most plumbers use for catching any clog or debris. You can get it from any hardware store. There’s a spring on one side and a crank on the other side. The spring side is pushed into the drain and it extracts any clog accumulated in the drain.
• Vacuum the clog
Be sure to use a liquid vacuum. To prevent any mess, secure the vacuum pipe properly. On the vacuuming end of the pipe, put on a hose that will help catch anything stuck in the drain. Put the vacuum pipe over the drain vent properly, and then turn on the vacuum. This will work if some small things such as a hair tie, buttons are stuck in the drain.
• If using the tips mentioned above doesn’t work, you should consider calling a plumber as the clog maybe accumulated from a long time.
• Don’t use harsh chemicals or drain cleaners. It might work in that moment that it may end up corroding the metal pipes.
• Also if you use a liquid drain cleaner, wait for at least 6 hours before taking a bath, as after some time, the cleaner may seep up from the drain into the bath.
• Whichever way you choose to go, be sure to follow the instructions carefully.