No matter how hard you try, there will come a time when your bathtub begins to drain slower and slower and then it won’t drain at all. Here are a few do-it-yourself steps to try if you find yourself ankle deep in dirty water.
Clean the drain cover
Most drain covers are held in place by a screw. Simply remove the screw and pull the cover off. You will be shocked at how much hair has accumulated under the drain cover. Clean all the hair and other gunk out and replace the cover.
Use a plunger
First, make sure that your plunger is big enough to cover the entire drain. Fill the tub with 2 or 3 inches of hot water and wait about 10 minutes. Cover or plug any overflow holes with a wet cloth. Now, put plunger directly over the drain to create a tight vacuum and begin to plunge 10 to 15 times. A simple toilet plunger can work well for this. The black ones with the flanged edges are much more efficient and work a lot better than the typical red kind.
Try your shop vacuum
This may sound unconventional, but it isn’t so farfetched. Pulling a clog up the drain instead of pushing it further down into the pipes is sometimes much easier. Be sure you have set your shop vacuum to cleanup liquids and that it is in suction mode.If the tub did not drain easily, repeat. Sometimes it takes two or three tries to get it to work right.
Don’t use liquid drain cleaners
These can work, but can also cause damage to your drains and plumbing. It’s not worth the risk. If these self-remedies do not work, it is probably time to call a professional plumber. For prompt and efficient service call Corley Plumbing, Air & Electric at (864) 661-2408.