What are the most common causes of a clogged bathtub drain? Hair and soap scum. It takes a while for a bathtub drain to clog, as hair, soap scum and body oils build up over time. When your tub starts to drain slowly and it’s looking like a clogged drain, follow the tips below to defeat even the most stubborn backups.
Use Your Hands
Minor drain clogs due to hair build-up can often be resolved quickly and easily. All you need to do is remove the hair from the cross hairs in your drain basket. Once all hair is removed, you can test the drain by flushing hot water through the tub.
Break Out The Plunger
If you thought a plunger would only work on toilets, think again. Filling your bathtub with just enough water so the plunger is submerged, and performing a few plunge strokes is usually enough to clear a drain of a clog.
If using your hands or using a plunger is not your forte, you can use common household solutions to blast through a stubborn backup. Just mix ½ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar with 3 cups of water and pour it down the drain.
If none of these options work, your drain may need professional attention. Give the plumbing and drain experts at Uptown a call and we’ll come by to fix the problem. Visit our website for more information.