Unclog Your Tub Drain | Super Blog

Unclog Your Tub Drain

Time: 5 Minutes

We’ve all been there - you have a strainer over the drain and make sure to clear it regularly, but water has started to accumulate in the base of the tub. If your drain has slowed, it’s most likely a sticky clump of hair collecting just below the stopper. 80% of the time, you can fix it yourself in 5 minutes without the use of chemicals, or a trip from the plumber.

What do you need?

  • Screwdriver
  • Bath & Sink Hair Snare
  • Plunger

How to Unclog Your Tub Drain:

  1. Remove the screws from the drain grate and overflow cover plate. Remove the grate from the drain, and carefully pull the drain assembly out of the overflow pipe. If your tub has a drain stopper, twist the stopper and lift it to remove it from the drain.
  2. Remove excess debris from around the grate, stopper, and the drain assembly. Make sure to remove visible hair, and to clean off any soap scum.
  3. Insert the hair snare down the drain. The hair snare will eventually hit the drain trap, the curved part of the drain. Carefully push the snare as far as it will go before pulling it back out. The hooks on the snare will grab any hair, helping you to remove clogs and to clear the drain.
  4. Insert the hair snare down the overflow pipe. This pipe typically runs vertically past the tub drain, allowing you to access harder to reach clogs beyond the drain trap.
  5. Flush the drain with water. If the water is draining freely, go directly to step 8.
  6. If the drain is still slow, grab a plunger. First, block the overflow outlet (a rag in a plastic bag works well). Next, fill the tub with enough water to cover the bottom of the plunger, put the plunger over the drain, and push up and down six to ten times. The pressure should clear the clog and open up the pipe. Once you lift the plunger, the water should flow freely down the drain. If it doesn’t, try plunging it a few more times - you may have moved the clog further down the pipe without completely freeing it.
  7. If your tub is still clogged, you’ll need to snake the drain. You can do this yourself, or give us a call to do it for you.
  8. Replace the drain grate, drain assembly, and overflow cover plate. Make sure to screw these pieces firmly back into place.

If your tub drain is still clogged, give us a call at (628) 239-0408 and we’ll send a pro ASAP.

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