How to Repair a Bathtub Drain

If water is draining very slowly or getting blocked in the bathtub, it calls for a repair job. This article will guide you in some easy-to-perform, and effective methods for repairing a bathtub drain.
The clogging of the bathtub happens due to the blocking of the drain by hair and greasy products. It also might happen due to corrosion of the pipe, in which case you will need to replace the pipe under the bathtub. One can easily repair the drain without needing any exceptional plumbing skills.

Repairing a Bathtub Drain

There are many ways of unclogging a drain. You can use basic household equipment, like the plunger, and perform the repair yourself, or you can combine some chemicals to drain out the clogs in the drain. However, first use common sense and pour some hot water down the drain, so that the grease in the clog melts down; you might not need to use the methods given below at all. A partially blocked drain is easier to repair than a completely blocked one. Here are some easy DIY methods to repair a clogged bathtub drain.

The Plunger
This is a natural method, and works for even the most stubborn clogs. Fill the tub with hot water, and plunge the drain vigorously 10 to 12 times. If some water is leaking, hold that gap tight with a cloth. Check if the drain is cleared; if not, repeat the whole process a few more times. After the drain has unclogged, run down some hot water in the drain to get rid of any grease sticking to the walls of the pipe.

The Snake
You can get a plumber's snake at the supermarket. It is a long and flexible steel cable stuck to a handle. Through the overflow plate, just keep slipping the snake down. First slip it about 3 feet in the opening, and then keep turning and slipping it deeper. If you feel any obstructions, keep turning the snake. The snake will break up the clog, or push it further, or the hook on the snake will hold the clog and you can draw out the clog by pulling the snake out. You might need to repeat the whole process a few times, till you completely unblock the drain. Pour some hot water down the drain after you are done.

The Vinegar-Soda Combo
This is a method using chemicals, which is the reason one should first try the mechanical methods for environmental safety. Combine half a cup of vinegar, and half a cup of baking soda. Pour this mix down the drain, let it sit for few hours. The mixture will break up the clog; after few hours pour some hot water down the drain. You might need to pour the hot water a couple of times to ensure that all the clogs and grease are gone.

Using Commercial Cleaners
There are many cleaning products for unclogging a bathtub drain that are available at the supermarket. These products need to be carefully used, as they contain caustic chemicals. You should wear safety gloves when handling these products, and follow the instructions on the product label carefully. The problem with these products is they cause corrosion of the metal pipes when removing the clogs.

Replacement
If all the above methods fail, which means you have corroded pipes causing the blocking of the drain, you will need to go in for bathtub drain replacement. You can fix new pipes and components of the bathtub yourself, and save the cost of plumbing, but it is better that you seek the help of a professional plumber for this.

When you notice clogs in the bathtub, you should first try a few, or all, of the methods given above before calling in for professional help. Once you are sure it is something best left to professionals, should you call in a plumber to help.
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