How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain

unclogging bathtub drain with boiling water

Most draining issues are due to soap scum, hair, and debris fusing together in the drainage pipes. Then, it hogs up space and doesn’t allow water to get through.

Chances are you probably saw the warning signs, but didn’t notice them. This can be frustrating for homeowners. Luckily, in this post, we will go over how to unclog a bathtub drain and what to do if the issues persist.

How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain?

To unclog a bathtub drain, you first want to boil water and slowly pour it into the drain. Next, take 1 cup of baking soda and pour it down your drain, followed by 1 cup of vinegar. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes. The chemical reaction should be able to clear the clog.

We will now cover other methods you can try if you are still having trouble unclogging your bathtub. 

Wire Hanger Method

Who knew that your dry-cleaning hangers would end up being the hero? This DIY project is straightforward. Take the wire hanger and straighten it out, but create a small hook on the end. Use the hanger to grab debris from the drain. Hanger. Rinse. Repeat.

Plumbing Snake Method

If you own a plumbing snake then kudos to you. They’re about a fifteen-step upgrade from a wire hanger. Remove the “overflow” cover that is just above the drain. Use the snake to push down and behind the bathtub insert. As you move through the drain you will be able to feel the resistance of the clog. Use the plumbing snake to gently push and pull at the clog. You will feel as if it breaks up.

What Should You Do if DIY Unclogging Methods Do Not Work?

Take it from us--some bathtub clogs are stubborn and made up of unnaturally tough gunk. If these solutions haven’t worked for you then it’s time to contact Plumbing First. There may be a blockage in the pipe that is immune to natural remedies and the very best of dry-cleaning hangers. Gross, right? Don’t worry about it. We’ll be able to take care of it for you before you can say, “rubber ducky”.

If you need help unclogging a stubborn drain, give us a call at (302) 233-7693!