Hair, soap, shampoo and shaving cream residue can clog a bathtub drain over time. If your bathtub is draining slowly, try the following steps to get things flowing again:
Step one: Remove the strainer. Hair and soap often accumulate underneath the strainer, which is located on top of the drain. Strainers are typically held in place with screws, so be aware that you may need a screwdriver to accomplish this step. Some bathtubs are equipped with a drain stopper rather than a strainer. If you have a stopper, you can easily remove it by twisting and lifting it out of the drain.
Step two: Remove debris. Weeks, even months, of debris cab accumulate on the strainer or stopper. Remove any hair or soap scum and scrub the parts to be sure they’re clear and clean.
Step three: Insert a flexible drain stick. If you have a drain stick, insert it into the drain, past the curved trap. The stick is equipped with small interlocking hooks that will grab and allow you to pull out hair and other debris. Don’t forget to clean the drain stick—This may come in handy again!
Step four: Test the drain. Run water down the tub drain and watch to be sure you’ve fixed the clogged drain. If your bathtub still won’t drain normally, it’s time to call in a licensed professional.
Maplewood Plumbing and Sewer has been cleaning bathtub drains St. Louis homes for more than 30 years. Contact us today at 314-645-6350 or here for more information or to request a bid.
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