During your morning shower, it's unpleasant to feel water slopping around your toes because the tub isn't draining as quickly as it should be. Over time, this problem can worsen until the water is up to your ankles and you're fully annoyed. Although you can certainly call a plumber to take care of this issue, the solution is often simple enough for even a novice do-it-yourselfer to handle. By using some common household products, and possibly making a trip to a home improvement store for some additional help, you shouldn't have any trouble rectifying this issue without having to use a chemical drain cleaner that is detrimental to the environment. Here's how to proceed.
Baking Soda And Vinegar
Slow-draining tubs are often the result of a buildup of hair, grease and soap residue that has clogged the pipes beneath the drain. Combining some baking soda and vinegar and then letting the two substances bubble, fizz and work their magic, you can often solve the problem. Shake about half a cup of baking soda into the drain once the water is out of the tub and then add the same amount of vinegar. Be ready to put the tub stopper in place right away so the reaction takes place in the drain, rather than bubbles out into the tub where it will be ineffective. Wait for five minutes, boil a kettle full of water, carefully remove the stopper and pour the water down the drain. Repeat the process if necessary. The added bonus to using this approach is that it's not toxic nor hard on the environment.
Visit a home improvement store and buy a drain snake. It can occasionally be difficult to fit the tip of the snake into the drain, but be patient until the tip is in place. Crank the drain snake's handle to extend the cable and continue doing so until it won't go any farther. Reverse your direction on the crank to recoil the cable; as it returns to the surface, it should ideally be covered in the residue that has caused the problem.
Preventing Future Issues
Once you've fixed the problem, it's time to perform a simple task that will decrease the likelihood of your drain becoming clogged again. Measure the diameter of your drain, visit a dollar store or a home improvement store and find a drain catcher/strainer that will fit. Similar to a strainer that you use for washing fresh fruit, this inexpensive metal apparatus catches hair and chunks of soap during your shower, but allows water to drain through.
If you're uncomfortable or cannot perform any of these tasks, talk to a local professional like Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Sewer Drain Cleaning.