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August 14,2018

How to Unclog a Bathtub

You work up in the morning just to have a refreshing bath, but you suddenly realize water creeping up to your ankle from the bath. This is one serious sign that should tell you that its time to unclog the bathtub. You may think of a chemical solution to unclog the drain but that could be a very dangerous option. It is much better to stick with natural drain cleaning methods for safety reasons. If you are unsure about how to unclog your bathtub, you can contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown for assistance.

Remove the Gunk

You should start the process of unclogging the bathtub by inserting a screwdriver under the drain cover to loosen the screw and then remove the plug. As the plug is lifted, you will likely see debris such as hair, you can remove these by bending a wire coat hanger into a hook, with the aid of needle-nose pliers to clean the plug.

Run some boiling water through the drain

Boil a pot of water and then pour it through the drain, this will help you dislodge the soap scum and remove the remaining hair buildup. You may also want to pour a cup of baking soda, followed by a cup of vinegar to loosen the clog even more.

Make use of a plunger

To use a plunger, you should plug the overflow drain first, to create a vacuum. You can achieve this by removing the cover plate below the faucet of the bathtub before inserting a washcloth, or hand towel inside the hole, in such a way that the air can escape. The next step is to set the plunger on top of the drain before you fill with tub with few inches of hot water. Apply some thrust to get the plunger working.

Make use of a plumbers snake

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If the plunger didnt work, you can make use of an auger or plumbers snake which has a very long but flexible cable that has coiled springs at one end and all you need is to turn the crank against the clog, until you reach the blockage inside the bathtub. Continue to push the cable until it enters the clog and then turns the crank in the opposite direction before you pull the cable back up. If the coiled spring has come out empty, then insert it again into the overflow drain to remove the blockages that are far beyond the drain trap.

Contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown for difficult bathtub clogs

Sometimes, all the natural procedures for unclogging bathtub may not work, especially when you are handling it yourself. In this situation, you need the help of an expert plumber to remove the clogs and make your bathtub start working again. Do not hesitate to contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown for any plumbing problem and we are available 24/7 to handle all plumbing situations, we also provide emergency bathtub clogging issues in Youngstown, at affordable rates.

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