Not all drains in your house are the same. All of them may have the same function, which is to siphon water from the plumbing fixtures, but each one requires a special method to be cleaned and unclog. However, there are some maintenance applications that can be used for all types of drain. In this particular article, we take a look on how to unclog your bathtub drain.
Remove grime and debris that are building up on the drain
Don’t get too excited in clearing up the drains, you first need to take out the strainer. This is the first thing you will see on top of your bathtub drain, and it can be either removed manually or with a screwdriver. It is kind of hassle in taking out the strainer with screwdrivers since it needs to match the screw head, which can take some time and even a bit of shopping in the local hardware store. Some bathtub drains have stoppers instead of strainers which is easier to pull out. The reason for this is that it doesn’t have screws at all and it only needs a bit of twisting to take it off.
Now that the strainer/stopper has been finally removed, it’s time to start cleansing the drain. Most of the time, it’s either a large amount of soap residue and/or fallen hair strands that are causing the clog. Remove these obstructions with the use of a drain stick. The drain stick is an easy-to-use cleaning tool that has claws that enable it to remove hair and debris from the drain. You can repeat using the drain stick until there’s no more build-up. Don’t forget to clean the strainer and stopper since it has the tendency to accumulate gunk. Check if the drain is free from clogs and not slow-moving. If it is still slow, then proceed with the other applications below. Also, don’t put the stopper/strainer back if you plan to use the other methods below.
Deluge the drain with baking soda & vinegar
Before you place baking soda & vinegar, you need to pour boiling water into the drain first. Just be careful when handling the water, slowly pour it close to the drain instead of pouring it far away and risk splashing the hot water–which may scald you. After that, you can pour baking soda as well as white vinegar. The measurement is as follows: ¼ cup of baking soda and one cup of white vinegar. Leave the mixture for 20 minutes, and then pour another set of boiling water into the drain. This solution is effective against minor clogs but will have difficulty dealing with large clogs. For big obstructions, you really need to manually clear off the blockade with plumbing tools.
First of all, you need to use a toilet plunger to effectively clear the clog and to have better suction. This is an easy plumbing tool to use, simply press the drain with the plunger and pull it in a fast motion. Be careful when plunging since the stagnant water and other sorts of filth might splurge. Do at least 10 plunges before trying out the drain system again. In case the drain is still slow, do the plunging method again but with a much stronger force