How to Fix a Slow Tub Drain

If you find yourself standing in a tub full of water while showering or bathing, this usually means your tub drain is plugged. Before calling your favorite plumber, you may want to try a couple of remedies before paying for expensive repairs. Many times the solution to unclogging a drain is as simple as accumulated hair or soap scum that can easily be removed. The following tips will help you unclog your drain.

Items Needed:

  • Screw driver
  • Wire hanger
  • Wire cutter
  • Soda
  • Boiling water

Tip 1 – Remove the Stopper
When you shower or bath, a surprisingly amount of hair can be washed down the drain. So, the first solution is to remove the drain stopper (if you have a stopper). Inspect the stopper to see if hair or soap has accumulated in it or in your drain. Some stoppers can be removed simply by pulling them free. If you cannot pull yours free, you will need to release the stopper linkage and overflow faceplate cover found on top of the drain hole. Do this by simply unscrewing the cover.  

Step 2 – Remove Hair and Soap
Once you have released the stopper and pulled it out, use your finger or a wire hanger poker. To make a poker, use a wire cutter and cut your wire hanger to about 12 inches in length. Then bend the end of the hanger to make a small hook on the end. With the hanger, pull out whatever you can see that has accumulated in the drain and has plugged it,

Step 3 – Use a Commercial Chemical
If after cleaning out your drain with your poker (or finger) and the drain remains plugged, use a chemical cleaning solution that will dissolve hair and collected soap scum. Of course, before using any type of chemical in your tub, you will need to make sure the water has completely drained out. Chemical cleaning solutions can be very effective and their cost is minor compared with the cost of hiring a plumber. if you are concerned about the possible effect harsh chemicals may have on your plumbing. you can try a homemade solution such as the following: Pour ¼ cup baking soda into your drain, then add ½ cup of boiling water. Let this solution sit for about ten minutes, during which the clog in your drain should dissolve and allow your tub to drain properly.  

Tip 4 – Use a Hose
If after using the above procedure, you find that your drain is still plugged, bring your garden hose into your bathroom and insert the end into the drain. When it is in place in the drain, turn the water fully on. The water pressure should then dislodge the clog.

Tip 5 – Call a Plumber
If none of the above tips are successful, it may be because the material clogging the drain is out of your reach, Or possibly the clog is in one of the drainpipes between your bathtub and the street's sewer line. In any case, it may be time for you to call a plumber