Three Ways to Clear a Clogged Bathtub Drain

Three Ways to Clear a Clogged Bathtub Drain

If you go to drain your bathtub and it doesn’t work, then chances are you have a clog in your line. When most people think of clogged drains, they think of toilets, but other plumbing fixtures can clog just as easily. There are many potential causes of a clog and depending what the clog consists of and where the clog is located, there is an appropriate unclogging method. Here are some plumbing answers in San Diego for clearing a drain, but if all else fails you may need to call a professional.

Clean Out Hair

The first step is to check for any hair or soap chips in the drain. There is usually a trap in the drain that is easily accessible, and if hair is the problem, it should be easy to spot a big chunk of it. Removing hair is the easiest solution, and it is also the most common cause of this problem. As long as you have hair on your body, hair will accumulate in the drain each time you bathe, so you’ll have to clean it out regularly. Usually you can tell that hair is accumulating because the tub will start to drain very slowly, so you should have the opportunity to clean it out before it becomes a total clog.


You can also use a plunger in an attempt to clear the drain. Most people already have a plunger or two in their home for their toilets, but sometimes it can work in a tub as well. The best way to use a plunger in a bathtub is to use a lot of force in an attempt to create a lot of pressure and dislodge the clog. Plungers only work on certain clogs; many times you will have to use a stronger method.


If hair isn’t the problem and a plunger won’t work, you made need to snake your bathtub line. Snaking involves inserting a long, flexible line with blades attached down a drain and rotating it to remove any debris. If you have the equipment you can do this yourself, but if not you’ll need to call for a professional snaking. Because the entrance to the bathtub drain is so small, you’ll have to remove the metal circle located on the side of the tub, called an overflow plate, and insert the snake there. Some snakes operate by hand, and others attach to a power drill for extra force. If you try all of these methods on your own and none of them work, call a plumber to figure out the problem for you.

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