If your bathtub clogs up, it may be possible for you to take care of the problem yourself. There are a few methods you can try before you call a professional plumber. You can learn about these methods in this article so you can try taking care of the issue on your own.
Taking out the drain cover
The first thing you are going to need to do is to remove the drain cover. You do this by popping up the stopper and unscrewing the element. Pull it out and remove any hair and other debris that's caught in it. Set the drain cover aside until you have finished the job.
Cleaning the drain
Take your fingers and scoop out any hair that's right down inside the drain. If you feel there is more hair and other crud down there that you can't reach, you can take a straightened out metal coat hanger to reach down further and scoop stuff out. Make sure you pull the debris out and don't accidentally shove it further down the drain—this will only make the clog worse.
Fixing the clog
Once you have cleaned the tub's drain as much as you can with your hand and the coat hanger, you will move on to actually unclogging the tub. The methods below may help fix your problem.
- Hot water - Hot water may be all it takes to flush a clog out of your tub's drain. If your drain is only partially clogged, this method can work well. However, if your drain is completely clogged, you will need to resort to another method. You want to remove all the water currently in your tub. Then, pour some boiling water directly down the drain. Wait a few moments and repeat the process. Once you have enough water accumulated in the tub you can use the plunger to fix the clog.
- Wet/Dry Vac – Take your wet/dry vac and cover the vent so water won't come out of it. Put the hose directly to the tub's drain and turn the vac on. You want to make sure you are holding the hose as tightly as you can to the surface so the hose is sucking from the drain with a lot of pressure.
- Vinegar and baking soda – Vinegar and baking soda will make a solution that's great for unclogging drains. You want to combine a half a cup of vinegar and a half a cup of baking soda in a cup. Take the cup and pour it into the drain quickly. Take a cup of very hot water and pour it in right after you pour the solution. The solution will fizz and may unclog the drain. If more help is needed you can add more hot water and use the plunger.
If the methods detailed above don't help, you should call out a professional plumber at R Acres Plumbing Company LLC. They can unclog the drain for you and give you advice on how to prevent it from happening in the future.