Hair. You can’t help shedding it every time you get into the bathtub or shower. When it has a chance to get built up in your drain, that’s when you have a problem. You don’t want to use caustic chemicals or else your drain problems could get even worse. Use this guide to unclogging your bathtub and get it done in five minutes or less.
Removing the Drain
The first step is always the hardest. It’s a good idea to use a pair of vice clamps to hold the drain top tightly while you unscrew it. To prevent marring the chrome surface of your screw in drain plug, wrap the clamps jaws with a bit of rubber. Unscrew the drain cap carefully-if the vice grips slip into the tubs walls, you could end up breaking the tubs delicate ceramic surface from the steel shell.
Vinegar/Baking Soda Rinse
Take a cup of baking soda and a cup of white distilled vinegar into the tub. Carefully pour the two ingredients together down the drain at the same time. Once the mix is all poured down the drain, let it sit for a minute or two before moving in to the next step.
Snake It Out
Use a plastic or metal drain snake. You can rent a professional grade drain snake from your nearest tool rental supply. You may be tempted to bend a coat hanger and try to loosen the clog, but avoid this techniques as the coat hanger could get stuck or damage the drain. A professional grade drain snake will as rotate as it works to remove the clog rather than force it down the drain further.
Suck It Out
A wet dry shop vacuum is best way to get rid of those pesky clogged drains. Set up the vacuum for wet suction and place the rubber end of plunger over the drain. You’ll need to sacrifice this plunger cover by drilling a ½” hole through the center. This will allow you to create a good and tight seal around the drain and the vacuum.
Clog the overflow drain with a few well-placed pieces of painters tape. Now hold on tight and turn on the vacuum. If the seal is tight enough, you’ll empty the p-trap out of all of the nasty stuff and unclog the drain. Reinstall the drain cap by screwing it into the drain using the vice grips.
Things to Avoid
There are a number of things to avoid when unclogging a drain. Don’t do the following stuff to your drain and you’ll keep it safe and sound from self-inflicted damages.
- · Avoid Caustic Chemicals- Chemicals can damage pipe sealants, rubber grommets and soldered joints. Use only natural materials to break apart clogs.
- · Hot Water- Pouring hot water down a drain is a big no-no. You may end up damaging the pipes sealants or warping rubber gaskets for good.
- · Coat Hangers- Metal coat hangers can easily damage the pipe as well as push the clog further down the drain.