Slow draining bathtubs can be a frustrating problem for homeowners. Standing in several inches of water while showering or waiting for the tub to drain so the next person can take a bath can be so annoying. If your tub drain isn’t severely clogged, you may want to try some of the do-it-yourself remedies below. If your clogged bathtub still won’t budge after applying these measures, then you may want to call the team at Curt & Jerry Sewer Service.
1. Clear Out the Drain & Catch
The first step to solving a slow bathtub drain is to clean out the drain and catch. Most of what causes bathtub clogs are hair, soap scum, and hair and body products. Begin by wiping the top of the catch and then pulling it out. Next, clean out the drain as much as you can. Hopefully, by clearing out the initial clumps of hair or foamy soap products, the water in your tub will begin to drain quickly again.
2. Try the Plunger
Although plungers are mostly used for toilets, they can be used for bathtub drains. Plungers are very effective at using suction to break up clogs. You may want to fill the tub part of the way with water in order to create strong enough suction. Place the plunger over the tub drain and begin plunging. Be sure to get a good enough seal or the plunger won’t be strong enough to loosen the clog and get the water flowing.
3. Use a Homemade Drain Cleaner
At Curt & Jerry, we don’t usually recommend over-the-counter chemical drain cleaners as they are either not strong enough to clear the clog or they may cause more damage. You can make your own homemade drain cleaner with items you probably already have at home — baking soda and vinegar. These two items are environmentally friendly and safe for anyone in your household to use. Begin by pouring equal parts baking soda and vinegar down the bathtub drain. You’ll see a lot of foaming which acts as a scrubbing agent, clearing build-up and debris from within the drain. Wait about 10 to 15 minutes and then flush the drain with boiling water. Hopefully, the tub blockage will clear and you’ll have a working bathtub drain.
Your Bathtub Unclogging Experts
For professional solutions to a clogged bathtub, call Curt & Jerry Sewer Service at (317) 266-0000 or request service online. We serve Fishers and the nearby areas with septic tank pumping, lift station pumping, grease trap cleaning, sewer camera inspections, and toilet drain unclogging.
Source: “Slow Draining Bathtubs? Here Are 4 Tips to Keep in Mind.” Web article. Bluefrog Plumbing & Drain. 03 Mar. 2020. Web. 14 Feb. 2022.