Have a Slow Draining Bathtub?
Before you call a plumber near you to help with a slow draining bathtub, check out the DIY tips we have listed below. Slow drainage could be due to a simple clog or a more serious plumbing issue, but we always encourage homeowners to try and solve the issue on their own first. If you're unable to resolve a slow draining bathtub, Any Hour is here to assist you! Our plumbers have the tools and skills needed to unclog any drain.
If your bathtub is flooding the bathroom or backing up with sewage, don't attempt DIY. Instead, call Any Hour for emergency plumbing services. We have 24 hour plumbers and drain experts on staff to assist with dangerous plumbing issues like these.
DIY Tips for a Slow Draining Bathtub
Clean the Stopper
Most bathtubs have a small metal stopper that prevents hair, large particles of dirt, soap or other debris from going down the drain. The most likely reason your bathtub is draining slowly is that these debris have become lodged in the stopper. You can unscrew the stopper, check for any blockages and remove what you find.
Drain Snake or Wire Hanger
No debris caught in your stopper? The clog may be located deeper in the bathtub drain. Try breaking up the clog with a drain snake or auger. If you don't have one on hand, you can create a makeshift one from a wire hanger.
If the snake or wire hanger doesn't work, the clog may be out of the tool's reach. A small drain plunger is great at dislodging clogs that sit deep in the pipe. Fit the plunger over the drain and add water to the tub to just cover the plunger, then pump the plunger up and down rapidly ten to 15 times. Once the blockage dislodges, you will feel less resistance.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Still can't figure out your slow draining tub? The cause may be old, gunky pipes. While a clog can be easily removed, dirty pipes will continue to drain slowly unless they are cleaned. You can try dissolving pipe sludge with baking soda and vinegar. Pour half a cup of each down the drain and let the mixture sit for ten minutes or so, then flush the drain with boiling water. Be aware that this is only a temporary fix and may not even work at all on particularly grimey pipes. Professional drain cleaning is necessary to restore proper drainage.
Call a Professional
If you suspect your slow draining bathtub is due to dirty, old pipes, Any Hour is here to help. Our professional drain experts are trained in drain camera inspection, hydro jetting and other pipe cleanout services. We can restore the function to old pipes and remove years of grease and gunk build up. And we promise to do it for a fair price!
Any Hour is the plumber near you that you can count on, thanks to our trustworthy technicians and friendly customer service. Contact us at the first sign of a slow draining bathtub and we will be over to assist you as soon as possible.
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We'll never rush you into a decision, but will take the time to help you understand your slow draining bathtub or other drain problems. There's no such thing as too many questions. We know you have lots of choices as far as Utah plumbers near you. We want to help and hope you will give us an opportunity to prove the things listed above are not just a list on a website but the way we strive to do business.
If you still have questions or would like to schedule your drain cleaning service, give us a call and let us know how we can help.
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