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How to Clean Bathtub Drain in Just 3 Easy Steps

Jan 29, 2024 Brien Chua

You’ve had a long weekend and you were looking forward to a glass of red wine while you take a bath in the tub. You were filling it up with water when you noticed the most annoying thing that could ever hinder you from having such rewarding bliss. Your bathtub drain is clogged!!! How to clean bathtub drain?

You can call a professional to do the cleaning for you and delay the bliss that you have set yourself, OR!!!!! You can just do it yourself between 15-35 minutes, depending on how fast you work. Grab some of the everyday use cleaning equipment available at your home; be ready to ease back to your bathrobe to make your relaxing plan happen in no time as you go and perform the following.

Here’s how to clean bathtub drain:

Step 1: Clear it of the superficial clog.

What is the superficial clog? When one or 2 strands of hair gets trapped in between the hinges of the plumbing pipes, more hair, soap suds, and other kinds of nasty scum get trapped and tend to accumulate. This usually happens at the junction of the PVC pipes which may be the nearest to the opening leading to your tub. So when water accumulates and doesn’t go down, that usually is nasty water even if it’s perceived clear by your naked eye. That’s the easiest culprit you could get rid of when you have a clogged situation. You can easily prevent this to happen by regularly washing your tub with cleaning brushes. Unluckily if it happens, all that you’d be needing at this point is a hairpin or a paper clip.

Once you do, straighten it out and improvise a small hook at the end. You get the picture of what it’s for. Hook the scum that’s causing you the superficial clog. This may determine whether you need to go further with this list on how to clean bathtub drain or not. When you think you have removed the entirety of it, check the status of your drainage by letting the water run. If the drainage still appears clogged, proceed to step 2. If after running it for 3 minutes and no water is coming back, then it means, you only have a superficial clog to deal with. If within 3 minutes, the water still regurgitates, proceed to Step

If you think the superficial clog is a little bit more down the drain than your hair clip or hairpin can hook up, you can use a screwdriver to release your drainage base for a wider point of entrance therefore give you a more maneuverable way into the clog. Check this set out for a more convenient line of choices to know what fits your drainage!

Step 2: Plunge your way out!

If you have cleared out the superficial clog, and it’s still regurgitating water, more or less, the problem goes deeper of bigger. There’s a stronger way to deal with a larger scum. Say hello to the plunger.

What kind of relationship do you have with your plunger? Yes, most of the time, people don’t get fond of using this one because of the body mechanics and skills involved with it. Most of the people are reluctant to master how it happens that’s why, you will be needing a sturdy one that does the deed. HOUZE Storage Inspirations, in addition to the DIY Screwdriver Set they have a plunger.

Besides the fact that it is made up of elastic and flexible PVC, it is also non-toxic and safe to use. This plunger can do the job in no time for your bubble bath. Just make sure, you wipe out the scum it would release from your drain before you jump in. Use this Scouring Pad to make sure your bathtub is gleaming clean.

Step 3: Make these basics you could see in the house chemically do the work.

As you reach Step 3 of this list on how to clean up bathtub drain, it means more or less, you feel 50-50 towards that bath already. So much for having a clogged bathtub! Nonetheless, going to Step 3 assures you of a next time.

It takes at least 30 minutes for this procedure to aid you. You will be needing ¼ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar. These two chemically makes wonders with stubborn clogs and basically dissolve minor ones.

Begin by boiling water and as you wait for it to finish, remove your bathtub’s stopper. Most tubs don’t have a strainer but if yours do, remove it as well and then clean up remaining soap, scum and dirt around the base of the drainage with the scouring pad by Houze.

As the water boils, pour a generous amount down the clogged drain. Then follow it up with ¼ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes.

The next step is to pour another generous amount of hot boiling water. At this point, you may allow a minute or two before testing the clog again.

This procedure is more or less long-lasting and is expected to make a good outcome. Further investing in a few small yet versatile bathroom accessories is the key to having a neat and clean bathroom. Whether you're doing a little bathroom makeover or a full renovation, our collections are the ideal finishing touch.

There goes three basic ways on how to clean bathtub drain. Just in case all of these DIY steps don’t work, then it’s time for you to call a plumber for help.

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