Fixed Your Clogged Tub Drain With These Simple Tips

Do You Have a Clogged Tub Drain?

You’ve seen it. You finish a nice relaxing bath or shower and as you dry off you see the tub is not draining, at least not near as fast as it had in the past. You are faced with a clogged tub drain. Luckily, most clogged tub drains are near the top of the drain or in shoe below the drain basket which means an easy fix. However, deeper clogs in your tub drain will require some plumbing knowledge and plumbing tools.

Clogged Tub Drain Reno

Dealing with a clogged tub drain? Get some tips from our licensed professionals at Straight Up Plumbing.

Possible tools you will need for those deeper clogged tub drains will be:

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Rag
  • Plunger
  • Drain snake

Here are a couple quick fixes that can unplug your clogged tub drain:

Plunge The Clogged Tub Drain

Remove the overflow drain cover and plug the overflow drain pipe up using an old rag so no air can enter the pipe when you go to plunge the drain. Fill your tub if not already all the way drained with enough water to so the base of your plunger is covered. Then, using your plunger, plunge the clogged tub drain with several up and down plunge strokes. Between the air and water pressure, your clogged tub drain should clear. The only time where this might not be successful is if it’s a hair clog. This will usually require some plumbing knowledge because you may need to remove the basket if the hair is in abundance. Flush your drain with hot water and then remove the rag rom the overflow drain pipe and reassemble overflow stopper and the cover.

Snake The Clogged Tub Drain

If you have never used a snake before, at first you may find it a bit tricky, but once you get the hang of one it will be your go to tool for clogged tub drains. When you snake a clogged tub drain you will perform this through the overflow pipe. Remove the overflow cover and stopper assembly and then feed your drain snake into the pipe. You will feed the snake into the overflow pipe by turning the handle. Once you have the snake in part way, fill your tub about a quarter full of straight hot water. Continue to feed the snake in the pipe while turning the snakes’ handle until it stops; generally that will be where the clog is at. Continue to try to feed the snake back and forth to break the clog free and the snake works its way easily further down the overflow pipe. When the clog breaks you will notice the tub starts to drain meaning you have successfully removed the clog. Carefully pull your snake back out of the overflow pipe and then reassemble the overflow stopper and cover.

Chemical Drain Cleaners

With all chemical type drain cleaners, make sure to follow the manufactures directions closely. Note that not all will work immediately and may take more than one treatment. Make sure your area is well ventilated and do not mix other chemicals in with the drain cleaner. This can cause combustible gases and dangerous situations.

If you are facing plumbing problems in Reno Nevada, Sparks Nevada and surrounding areas, contact the certified, licensed and bonded Straight Up Plumbing team online or call today:
775-800-HELP (4357)