Unclogging your tub can seem like a daunting task. If water is pooling at your feet when you shower, or just draining slowly after a bath, that means you have the beginnings of a clog in your tub. If you don’t take care of it then, the water will eventually stop draining, and it will be time to take action. In this post, we’ll talk about the specific tools and techniques necessary for unclogging your bathtub!
ARRANGE YOUR ARSENAL
Get everything you need:
- Cup plunger
- Rubber Gloves
LOSE THE LIQUID
If there’s any standing water in the tub, this needs to be removed before you begin. (That’s what the bucket/cup is for.) The excess water can be poured into the sink.
REMOVE THE RESTRAINT
Drain covers (also called strainers or stoppers) are usually easy to remove by hand or by taking out a single screw. Get the cover out of the way so you can access the drainpipe.
HYPE THE HEAT
Remember how you just removed standing water from the tub? Go ahead and add some back in, only this time make it warm. It should be deep enough so that the cup of the plunger goes completely underwater when suctioning the drain. Yes – it could get messy! Be prepared to get wet!
PROCEED TO PLUNGE
The “cup” plunger is the simplest, most recognizable model of plunger. Place it straight up and down, and firmly over the drain. Once it’s in place, push down hard to depress the head, then pull back up. If the plunger was placed properly, you should feel and see the suction working. Keep pulling up until the plunger regains its shape. Repeat the process 10-15 times.
WATCH FOR WASTE
Unseal the plunger. If you’ve dislodged the clog, you should see dirty water, and possibly sludge or grime coming from the drain.
REPEAT THE ROUTINE
If you haven’t cleared the clog, you can repeat the process, but only another time or two. If the tub is still clogged, it could be time to call a pro.
There are a few other DIY methods to try at home, including using a snake tool to dry to dig out whatever is blocking your drain. However, at this point, you are likely better off getting professional help. Trenchless Replacement Specialists have the tools to diagnose any pipe or clog-related problem! We can even send a camera down the pipe to find the exact cause of the blockage. Make an appointment online, or by calling 432-580-7693.