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How To Unclog A Bathroom Drain

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Nothing’s more relaxing than a hot bath. That is until you pull the plug and realize the water isn’t draining. Bathtub drain clogs can be a real hassle, especially if you’ve neglected a slow drain that’s led to the clog. There are remedies to consider that might help. However, some are more effective than others. Check out this homeowner’s guide to learn more about unclogging a bathtub drain the right way.

What’s Causing Your Bathtub Clog?

Don’t be baffled if your bathtub becomes clogged. It’s common, especially if you use your tub frequently. Some of the most common causes are the build-up of hair and soap scum that collects over time. If you’re using bath bombs or cosmetic products, your clogs can be more frequent. Other more serious concerns could be the culprit, as well, like damaged pipes. And if you’re bathing little ones, even the smallest toy can do irreparable damage to your drain. Knowing what’s behind your clog can help you decide which remedy to try first. If you’re not sure, you can explore these options.

Safety Precautions to Consider

Before you try any DIY remedy for a clogged bathtub drain, you’ll want to prepare yourself and take a few safety precautions. Because harmful bacteria could be lurking in those tub clogs, you’ll want to have rubber gloves and protective eyewear. And should you try to use any over-the-counter drain cleaners, which most professional plumbers will tell you to avoid, as you don’t want to expose your skin to irritants and chemicals. Take the necessary extra steps to ensure your safety before you attempt to unclog any bathroom drain, including the tub drain.

Simple Remedies to Try First

If you’re experiencing a little movement in your clog, it might help to introduce boiling water. The hot water can quickly break up any residue and get your water flowing again. Vinegar and baking soda mixtures can be helpful, too. If you suspect it’s hair, there are plenty of drain tools intended to fish out clogs manually without harming your pipes. Typically, using these simple methods repeatedly or in combination with each other can unclog a bathtub drain without issue.

More Substantial Bathtub Clogs Require More Muscle

Some bathtub clogs are going to be more stubborn to remove. And if you need more muscle with your clog, it might be worth using a plunger. Applying and forcing air pressure with a plunger can be helpful in dislodging obstructions. In other scenarios, you might attempt to use a drain snake device. These apparatuses can be purchased at your local hardware store and can be easy to use. However, if you’re too aggressive using the “plumber’s snake,” you could make the problem worse or cause damage to your plumbing.

When It’s Time to Call the Pros at Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning

If at any point you’re not comfortable or are unsure about tackling your own bathtub clog, call in the professionals. In some instances, clogs require more intense treatment that the professionals at Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning are trained to handle. From bringing in professional-grade snaking equipment to pulling apart P-traps, leave the heavy clog removal to us.

If you have a bathtub, you’ll be guaranteed to experience a clog at some point. Knowing what to do to help unclog a bathtub drain can put your mind at ease. For stubborn clogs or any other plumbing-related related questions or concerns, make sure you have 1-833-470-2880 on speed dial.

Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning is just a quick call away, with licensed plumbing experts ready to help. Whatever plumbing problem you have, Art can fix it!


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