How to Fix a Clogged Bathtub Drain How to Fix a Clogged Bathtub Drain

What You'll Need
Plunger
Hand auger
Screwdriver
Wet rag
Commercial drain-unclogger

The next time you find yourself at the mercy of a clogged bathtub drain, don't shell out your hard-earned cash to pay costly plumber fees. Instead, arm yourself with the right knowledge and a good set of tools so you can unclog that stubborn drain in a stress-free fashion. Read on to learn everything you'll need to know about making your bathtub drain clog-free.

Step 1 - Remove Your Tub's Drain Assembly

Assuming the clog you're combating has not yet reached your tub's drain line, you can remedy the problem with nothing more than your hands and a screwdriver. Begin this task by using your screwdriver to carefully unscrew the protective plate that covers the tub's drain assembly.

Once the cover plate has been properly removed, use your hands to gently maneuver the assembly out of the drain hole. Carefully locate and remove the source of the clog. Clean the drain assembly before reinserting it.

If your clog has been adequately remedied, you're all finished. However, if the source of the clog has made its way into your tub's drain line, proceed on to the next step.

Step 2 - Give Your Drain a Thorough Plunging

Begin this step by using a wet rag to stop up your tub's overflow opening, thus ensuring that the force generated by your plunger is concentrated specifically on the source of the clog. Next, turn on your faucet and add a small amount of water to your tub, then proceed to give your clogged bathtub drain a vigorous plunging. As you probably know from experience, plunging can be very physically exhausting, so be sure to take periodic breaks whenever you get tired. If plunging bears no results, please continue with the next step.

Step 3 - Use Your Hand Auger

If plunging your clogged bathtub drain has proven fruitless, it is time to take out your hand auger. Unlike a plunger, this handy tool fixes clogs by extracting their source as opposed to driving it downward. Begin this step by carefully pushing your auger's cable into your clogged bathtub drain's overflow opening, and continue to push it downward until it's latched on to the source of the clog.

If you're unable to jostle the clog's source out of the drain, rotate your auger into the overflow opening. Once it's reached the source of the clog, try once again to jostle it out. Should this prove unsuccessful, proceed with the next step.

Step 4 - Try a Commercial Drain-Unclogger

If all else fails, you may want to try using a commercial drain-unclogger, such as Drano. Not only should these products be used as a last resort, they should also be used sparingly, as they contain an assortment of highly potent chemicals that can eat away at your drain pipes.

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