It can be a pain to endure a clogged bathtub or a clogged shower. But such a problem is bound to happen especially when we don’t have proper preventive measures like pouring how water down the drain every month. People constantly shed hair and dead skin that go down the drain. Sometimes we just let small pieces of soap down the drain too thinking that they’ll just melt over time.

So a clogged bathtub or shower crops up, here are some possible solutions you can try before you call a professional plumbing service:

plumber using drain snake to unclog bathtub

1. The first step is to unscrew the drain cover and to take a look as what’s causing the clog. In some cases, you may just find some hair or soap scum buildup and in which case, you can just take them all out. Since doing that with your bare hand may not be all that pleasant, you may want to use some tools. Needle nose pliers may work or a pair of tweezers. You can even bend a wire coat hanger with a hook at the tip to pull up the mess from the drain.

2. Now after you take a close look and you don’t really see anything, it’s time to use your trusty plunger. Put in some water so that it can cover the bottom of the plunger, and then use a rag to block the overflow outlet. Place the plunger over the drain, and then push up and down about 5 or 6 times. If you’re lucky, you can lift the plunger off and the water will drain properly. But you may have to do this a few times to get the results you want.

You may need to remove the overflow plate and the drain mechanism first. The overflow plate may be secured by some screws, so you need a screwdriver.

3. You can also use a drain snake, although you will need to take care. A drain snake is a long flexible steel cable that you can feed down the drain. You can put in about 3 feet of the snake down the drain, and you turn it while you push it down. You’ll feel the blockage as you push the snake through the clog, and it can break up the clog or pull out the clog with the hook at the tip of the snake.

You can try to put in some running water to help out, and the water will just go down the drain when you get rid of the clog. Move the cable back and forth a few times until the job is done. Some clogs are just more stubborn than others. Just don’t go too far down the drain with the snake, as you can end up with more problems. Then you will definitely need our professional plumbing services.

You have to avoid using chemicals for a clogged bathtub drain, as they can do a lot of environmental damage. To prevent a clogged shower, use a strainer and change it at least once a month.

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