How to Clean a Drum Trap

bathtub filled with water
  • 1-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-50
What You'll Need
Chemical drain cleaner

Regular drum trap cleaning is necessary to ensure that your tub drain is free of any materials caught within the drum trap. You do not have to hire a plumber to clean your drum trap. All you need are the following materials.

Step 1 - Open the Drain

Fill the tub with three inches of water and turn and open the drain by turning the handle of the drum trap clockwise. The drain of your drum tap is located above the faucet handles.

Step 2 - Use the Plunger

As the water drains out of the tub, position the plunger at the drain and push. Do three light pulls before pulling the plunger completely of the drain inlet. Do this a couple of times until the drum trap is free of debris such as dirt, hair, and small plastic components.

Step 3 - Use Chemical Drain Cleaner

If using the plunger does not remove the dirt in the drum trap, empty the tub completely using a pail. Remove as much water as you can. Pull out the strainer that serves as a cover for the drain pipe. Wearing a pair of working gloves, pour an adequate amount of chemical drain cleaner and allow it to work overnight.