For many of us, a warm bubble bath is the best way to relax at the end of a tough day. This can make it even more frustrating when we find that our bathtub is clogged
. Before you allow your stress levels to spiral, there are some DIY tips that can resolve the problem. Of course, a clogged bathtub should not be taken lightly. It has the potential to cause significant damage to a plumbing system and could cause a messy overflow inside your home. Fortunately, you may not need to wait around for an emergency plumber as you may be able to correct the problem yourself.
Cleaning Out the Strainer:
When you first notice that your bathtub is not draining properly, your first task should be cleaning out the strainer. Most bathtub models are equipped with this type of component to prevent chunks of soap and hair from entering the drains and causing a clog. Over time the strainer can become clogged, which restricts water flow. The strainer is simple to remove, and you just need to clean any material that has accumulated. Once the strainer is clear, put it back into place and check the water flow.
Try a Plunger:
A plunger is an excellent DIY tool and can be invaluable in resolving a clogged bathtub. While many homeowners may have used a plunger on their toilet, it can be equally as effective on other fixtures. All you need to do is fill the tub with just a couple of inches of water. Hold your plunger over the drain to create suction. Plunge with some force between ten and twenty times. If the water starts to drain from the tub, you have managed to dislodge the clog and solved your problem.
Consider Using a Drain Snake:
If your plunger is proving to be ineffective, you may want to take the next step and consider using a drain snake. A drain snake is a narrow, long tool with barbs or hooks at the end to scoop out any material. This can be more effective in areas of the pipe where a plunger cannot reach. Be sure to go slow and use some caution, as aggressive use of a drain snake has the potential to cause further damage.
Once you are relaxing in your bubble bath, you may wish to consider preventative measures to prevent further clogs from developing. Consider using a drain mesh to collect any hair or debris before it can get caught in the strainer. Many of these models simply rest in the top of the drain and are very easy to clean after every use. Also, you may want to consider having your water quality assessed. If you have very hard water, it is possible that scale is accumulating inside your pipes. This will not only restrict water flow, but it can cause further damage to your plumbing system. If you are troubled with persistent clogs, it could be a good idea to speak to your plumbing professional
, who can give your system a thorough inspection.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solutions.