Murphy’s Law strikes again. In this case, it’s the bathtub drain. Whether it’s draining slow or not at all, it’s a nuisance. It’s not hard to unclog a bathtub drain. There are two ways to choose from - chemical or natural. Both work, it just depends on which one you want to use.
Things You’ll Need:
Liquid drain cleaner (i.e. Drano MAX or Liquid Plumber)
Boiling hot water Step1
Check the strainer on the drain (if it has one). This is where most clogs start. Use a standard screwdriver to remove the screws, being careful not to drop or misplace them. Clear out any debris that’s attached and clean around the top of the drain. Step2
Plunge ahead. If no water is “sitting”, run the hot water and let several inches accumulate. Then place the plunger over the drain and push down forcefully until the pressure forces the clogged material to move. Check if the drain is clear. If not, apply the plunger a few more times. Once clear, run the hot water for a minute to flush away any remaining particles. Step3 Go natural. Pour a half cup of baking soda down the drain, then follow with a half cup of white vinegar. Cover the drain and let this sit for several minutes. Then pour a cup of boiling hot water down the drain. This should clear the clog, dissolving any hair or oils that have accumulated. Flush the drain again for a minute or two to ensure it’s clear. Step 4
If you use a chemical cleaner, wear gloves and read the instructions thoroughly. Then pour the suggested amount down the drain and let it stand for the suggested amount of time. Once the clog is gone, run hot water for a minute or two to clear any remaining particles.
Tips & Warnings
Be sure to replace the strainer and screws once the clog is clear. This will help keep your drain clearer longer.
Practice safety, especially when using chemicals. Read the directions carefully and follow them.