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How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain


If your bathtub drain is clogged, it is a relatively simple task to clear it out. The most likely culprit is hair. Here are a few steps to follow to unclog it.


  1. Check the drain hole strainer cover. If you are lucky, it’s coated with hair and possibly soap scum and all you have to do is clean it off. If that doesn’t do the trick, go on to Step 2.


  1. Take off the cover. You might have to use a screwdriver.


  1. Look into the drain with a flashlight.


  1. Poke a piece of wire into the opening and clear out any hair or other debris.


  1. Use a plunger if the drain is still clogged. Place the plunger over the drain, turn on the water and plunge the hole up and down as you would do with a toilet.


  1. Still not working? Get a hand snake tool, a device used by plumbers. Carefully put the end of the cable into the hole and keep feeding it in until it stops as it meets resistance from whatever is clogging the drain. Crank the handle to grab the hair or other debris. Keep cranking it as you pull the device back out.


  1. As a last resort, call a professional. You can usually solve most clogged bathtub drains yourself, but sometimes you need a plumber to deal with particularly stubborn ones.


After unclogging your bathtub drain, take steps to help prevent future clogs. Make sure to use a drain hole strainer; never leave the drain completely uncovered. After each shower or bath, remove all hair, soap scum or other debris. Occasionally check the drain for debris buildup and remove it.




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“Unclog a Bathtub Drain Without Chemicals | The Family Handyman.” DIY Home Improvement Projects – Do It Yourself Home Repair Guides – Family Handyman. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Aug. 2012. .

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