Remove Soap Scum from Your Drain to Prevent Clogs Remove Soap Scum from Your Drain to Prevent Clogs
In homes with older plumbing, trying to remove soap scum to prevent drain clogs can be a battle. Follow these tips to remove soap scum from the drain.
Step 1: Use a Chemical Clog Reducer
Open the drain stopper fully and clear any standing water with a bell plunger. Pour in chemical clog reducer following the instructions. Wait 2-3 hours, and do not put anything down the drain. Run hot then cold water down the drain for 1 minute each to test if the clog is gone.
Step 2: Remove the Drain Stopper and Use a Drain Snake
Detach the drain stopper and insert the drain snake as far down the pipe as you can. Turn its handle, then extract it and rinse it off into a bucket. Test the drain flow again by first running hot, then cold water for 1 minute total.
Step 3: Replace the Drain Stopper
If the soap scum clog recurs soon after clearing, replace the pull-up drain stopper with a simple rubber drain plug on a stainless steel chain.
Step 4: Check and Replace the Pipes
If your house has metal plumbing pipes, upgrade to PVC pipes.