How To Eliminate Bathtub Drain Clogs Using A Drum Auger

Few pleasures rival that of a nice hot shower--unless you end up having to stand in a pool of nasty, backed-up water, that is. Luckily, you don't have to be a professional plumber to clear up this problem. If you would like to increase your DIY drain cleaning skills, read on. This article will teach you how to get your bathtub draining the way it should.

Remove your overflow plate.

You will find the overflow plate located beneath your bathtub's water spout. This stainless steel plate has the important job of serving as an emergency drain in case you forget to turn the water off while drawing a bath. In addition to that vital function, it makes for a convenient way to access stubborn clogs in the drain line.

The first step is to unscrew the overflow plate using the appropriate type of screwdriver. Note that the screws may be stubborn due to their regular exposure to water; don't be scared to spritz them with a penetrating lubricant if necessary.

Once the screws are out, with a little bit of jiggling you should be able to lift the plate away. Because most overflow plates serve double duty as a housing for the trip lever, you will likely see a series of thin metallic rods connected to the back. With some gentle wiggling, you should be able to loosen them and pull the entire stopper mechanism out through the overflow plate hole.

Work the clog free using a drum auger.

Often referred to as sink augers, and also plumber's snakes, drum augers consist of a long flexible wire. This is extended into your drain pipe--often to incredible lengths--in order to work clogs loose. It's no big deal if you don't already own a plumber's snake. You can likely rent one from your local home improvement store. 

Once you've got your augur, begin by threading as much of the wire as you can down into the overflow hole. Leaving about a foot of exposed wire, tighten the screw so that the wire won't move in or out of the drum. Now start turning the handle of the drum. Move the wire in and out of the pipe as you do so, working it gradually deeper and deeper.

In this manner you should be able to take up the full foot of slack you left yourself. Once this happens, loosen the screw again and feed out another foot of wire. After you've repeated this process a few times, try removing the auger and running some water down the drain. Chances are you'll find that the water now flows away unimpeded. Congratulations, you did it!

For professional help, contact a company such as AA Plumbing.


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