Have a Clogged Bathtub?
Nothing ruins the relaxation of a nice, warm bath than a slow flowing drain. A clogged bathtub could be a simple fix or the sign of a larger plumbing issue. Before calling on the plumber near you, check out these DIY tips we have listed below. Nothing is more satisfying as a homeowner than being able to quickly fix an issue all on your own. Sometimes plumbing issues are out of the hands of the average homeowner, however, and this is where the plumbers of Any Hour step in. We promise to unclog any drain, no matter the reason for the backup.
Before you become too frustrated with your clogged bathtub, try out the DIY steps. An emergency clog, with excessive water or sewage backup, should be immediately handled by a professional. If your clog is an emergency or the DIY steps aren't working, don't hesitate to call us! We promise friendly customer service, trustworthy and experienced plumbing professionals and cost efficient pricing.
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DIY Tips for Unclogging Your Bathtub
Clean the Stopper
A small metal stopper is a common feature of bathtubs. This stopper is meant to block any hair, large particles of dirt, soap or other debris from going down the drain. While these stoppers work well, debris can get trapped between the stopper and the drain which will cause a slow flowing bathtub. Simply unscrew the stopper, check for any debris and remove what you find.
Drain Snake or Wire Hanger
Didn't find excessive debris caught in your stopper? It is likely that the clog is located deeper in the bathtub drain. This is when a drain snake comes in handy! If you don't have a drain snake, you can make one from a wire hanger. You will need to bend it so it fits down the drain (a small hook-like shape on the end works well) and place it all the way down the bathtub drain. Holding firmly, pull the makeshift snake up, removing any blockages. Be prepared to pull out a gross, slimy mess of soap and hair!
If the clog is deep in the drain, you may not be able to reach it with a snake. Grab a small plunger (don't use your toilet plunger as it is both too large for the bathtub drain and unsanitary). Add enough water to the tub to just cover the plunger and move it up and down rapidly, creating a suction force over the drain. This plunging action should dislodge the blockage and the bathtub will flow freely.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Still can't figure out your slow draining tub? It could be that your drain is not directly blocked but rather slowed down by layers of grime that have built up on the walls of the pipe. If this is the case, it may be possible to dissolve this sludge with baking soda and vinegar. Add half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of vinegar to the drain and let it sit - you should see some frothing in the drain. After ten minutes or so, pour a cup of boiling water into the drain to clear the sludge away.
Call a Professional
Still no luck? Sometimes drain issues are more difficult to fix than DIY can handle. It could be that there is a foreign object stuck in the drain or your pipes may be dirty, old and in need of professional hydro jetting drain cleaning. Thankfully, the plumbers of Any Hour Services in Utah can unclog any drain no matter the issue. With expert knowledge, tools and plumbing technology, our team is equipped to handle all your drain needs! Don't hesitate to call us - we also promise quality customer service and fair pricing. At the first sign of a drain problem, Any Hour is the plumber near you that you can count on.
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