How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain

The bathroom is that part of the house that you want to keep as clean as possible, because it is a visit to the bathroom that we start every day with. But maintaining cleanliness is not easy, especially if a large family lives in the house. And if long-haired girls are in the family as well, then you’ll need to know how to unclog a bathtub drain.

Therefore, today Cook It is going to tell you how to make it yourself spending minimal time. And those who had to call plumbing services for this procedure will now be able to save a lot by solving the problem on their own.

Unclogging a Bathtub Drain

It turns out that a person loses about a hundred hairs per day. Short male hairs don’t carry the threat for the drain, but long female hair quickly clogs the drain, forcing you to disassemble the trap several times a month.

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Disassembling the trap is an unpleasant procedure when you are trying to get the contents out bending over, while simultaneously brushing aside the dirty water flowing at you. Of course, you can still use household chemicals, but they can damage the plastic parts of the trap.

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In such case, the only option left is mechanical cleaning. For example, you can use a plunger to get rid of the blockage. To do this, pour water into the bath, while closing the drain. Then you should remove the stopper, put a plunger in its place, and push and pull vertically several times. The dirt will rise, and it won’t be difficult to remove it.

unclogging a bathtub

If there is a lot of hair in the drain, then the plunger method won’t work. Special cables with handles would be much more suitable for cleaning. You simply place the cable in the drain hole, and rotate the handle.

The hair in a trap is wound around a cable and then pulled out with it. It looks unpleasant, but is effective, since the rest of the blockage is easily floated out.

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However, when using a cable, there is a chance of damaging the pipe if it’s chrome steel, brass or plastic. Therefore, in this case, it’s better to use a special “claw”, which we recommend.

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You should insert this appliance into the trap, then press the spring on the handle. The “claw” then shrinks. If there is a blockage, then when you try to pull it out you’ll feel something heavy. Continue to pull and then pull out the blockage, which didn’t let the water drain. DIY bathtub cleaning is done!

how to unclog a bathtub drain

Of course, you could not only order such appliances from China, but also find them in the local markets. It’s really cheap. In addition, the true master can easily build such a tool from, for example, a plastic straw: just cut it in a spiral shape with scissors, and you get a long spring, using which you can also get rid of hair blockage.

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Use our advice, and your house will delight you with perfect cleanliness. How do you unclog the bathtub drain? Share your experience in the comments.


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