Do you remember the last time you went to the bathroom and cleaned your tub? If the answer is NO, you forgot to unclog a bathtub drain, which is the work you should do regularly. So, how to unclog the bathtub drain?
Read our article and follow one of three best methods that we provide them below.
Why do you need to unclog the bathtub drain?
- 1 Why do you need to unclog the bathtub drain?
- 2 How to unclog bathtub drain
- 2.1 Method 1: Using a drain claw
- 2.2 Method 2: Using cleaning products
- 2.3 Method 3: Using baking soda and vinegar
- 3 In conclusion
Why do you need to unclog the bathtub drain?
Well, there are many bad results if you don’t unclog the bathtub drain. First, the water in your tub won’t drain, and your tub is full of water that you can’t use for the next time. Second, there will be too much debris and hair inside the drain if you don’t unclog and then, the dirt and particles will come back in the water. So, why do we need to unclog the bathtub drain?
#1. For a clean bathtub
Yes, by unclogging the bathtub drain, you will remove most of the dirt, hair, and soap scum inside the drain. This will make your tub cleaner and more ventilated. No more dirt and debris is coming back with the water, and you can fully relax in your own world.
#2. For a convenient and useful bathtub
Imagine you are going to take a relaxing bath after a long day working. Then, you realize there is another one using it before, and the water is still full in the tub. Not a comfortable feeling, right? It’s because the drain gets so much particles and debris that the water cannot go through it quickly.
If you unclog the bathtub drain often, this will never happen, and you will have a relaxing time inside the tub.
#3. For your health
Get your back alongside the tub, and taking a bath with clean, hot water is the best for our health. But what if the water can’t drain thoroughly? The dirt and body oil from us will not be washed away as it will stick onto the tub, which may harm your health. And this is the result of the unclogged drain.
Yes, that place is where the debris gathers most. If we don’t remove the hair and dirt inside the drain, the water can’t go down thoroughly to wash all the dirt from our body.
The soap scum and hair stuck on the bathtub drain
How to unclog bathtub drain
Method 1: Using a drain claw
Using a drain claw is the most common and straightforward way to unclog the bathtub drain. You don’t need to prepare anything but a simple, yet efficient drain claw to do the job. Sounds easy and simple, right?
However, the drain claw can just remove the hair, particles, and debris that are stuck on the drain. It cannot reach the deeper area where there is even more hair and dirt. This is just a portable method you can do whenever you finish (or begin) taking a bath. Anyway, let’s see how to unclog the tub with a drain claw.
Step 1: Remove the strainer or stopper
Most drain systems have the strainer, and some have the stopper. The first thing to do is to remove these parts from the drain and clean them carefully. You may need a screwdriver for some kinds of strainers that have screws.
Both strainer and stopper are stuck by the hair, dirt, and soap scum. As you take them apart from the drain, it’s easy and convenient to wash them with clean water.
Step 2: Clean the strainer or stopper
After removing the strainer or stopper, wash away the hair, dirt, debris, and particles accumulating on it. If it hasn’t been cleaned for a long time, you may need a sponge to scrub it to remove the excess dirt thoroughly.
Step 3: Use the drain claw to get the hair and debris
Well, this is the main part of method 1. You may not see the waste inside the bathtub drain, but there is much more than you think. Insert the claw deep into the drain until it hits the drain trap. Continue pushing the claw through the trap and move it in an up-down motion.
As the claw has many hooks, it will gather the hair and debris quickly once it hits them.
Pull out the stick, remove the soap scum and hair accumulating on it, and repeat until you don’t get any hair.
Step 4: Check if the bathtub drain is unclogged
When finishing the work, turn on the faucet to rinse water in your tub, check if the water is drained thoroughly or not. Finally, put the strainer or stopper to the beginning position. If the result is not as you want, move to the next method.
Let’s check out how to apply this method following the below video:
Method 2: Using cleaning products
This method is considered to remove the dirt, debris, and hair more efficiently without much effort, compared to the first one. However, you need to prepare a pair of gloves and a mask as you will work with chemicals.
As this is a cleaning product, it can quickly remove the stubborn dirt or scum inside the bathtub drain. However, don’t make use of it as it’s not good for your health. Let’s see how it works.
Step 1: Purchase a chemical drain cleaning product
The first thing you must do is to get yourself a cleaning chemical from hardware stores. It often contains potassium hydroxide or sulfuric acid, which is a hazardous and robust chemical to remove the debris easily. This is also considered an essential step as not all products can apply in your bathroom.
Read the ingredients and instructions carefully to make sure the drain cleaner is the right one and suitable for your pipe type. Also, you will need to know the instruction clearly before using the product.
Step 2: Apply the chemicals onto the bathtub drain
Make sure the bathtub is fully dry for the best result. Equip yourself with gloves, masks, and goggles (if needed). Read the manual to know the required amount of chemical you will need for one time, as the different product comes with a different amount. Remember not to splash the chemicals out.
Gently pour a suitable amount of cleaning product around and inside the bathtub drain. After finishing, let it be for about 30 minutes so that the product can sit there and take its effect.
Step 3: Flush the water
After 30 minutes, rinse (or flush) the water onto the bathtub and see the result. If it works, the water should be drained thoroughly and disappear immediately down the drain.
Usually, you should use both method 1 and 2 for the best result. While the drain claw helps gather much hair and soap scum on the bathtub drain, the chemical product will remove the debris deeper inside that the claw can’t reach.
Method 3: Using baking soda and vinegar
While the baking soda helps clean and remove the dirt, the vinegar contains acid to get rid of stubborn debris. This method is effortless and straightforward that you don’t need to do much. The material you use is not harmful to your health, and so, this method is nearly perfect.
However, this requires using boiled water, and you must be careful if you don’t want to get burned. So, how to unclog the bathtub drain with the baking soda and vinegar?
Baking soda is useful in bathroom cleaning work
Step 1: Remove the strainer or stopper
Like method 1, you must remove the strainer or stopper to clean and wash it. This will get rid of the hair and debris accumulating on it, while you can access the drain quickly.
Step 2: Boil water
You will need an amount of boiled water (that you have just boiled) to pour directly to the drain. By doing this, you may unclog the drain partially as hot water is useful in getting rid of the dirt and soap scum. What about the debris and hair?
Step 3: Apply the baking soda and vinegar
Now we have a strong combination to fight against the stubborn particles and debris: baking soda and vinegar. It’s very straightforward and convenient to get these things as there are many of them in common stores. Moreover, it’s not chemical and doesn’t cause any harm.
Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of vinegar around and inside the drain. Keep it for 20 minutes so that it can take effect.
Step 4: Pour boiled water into the bathtub drain
Again, pour another amount of boiled water into the drain to remove all the hair and debris left. Rinse the bathtub with clean water to check if the drain is thoroughly unclogged.
So, can you unclog the bathtub drain on your own?
With our comprehensive guide on how to unclog the bathtub drain, the cleaning work has never been easier. If you find that one method is not enough, try to combine both of them and see the result. The more you work, the better result you will get.
However, we recommend that you keep your bathtub clean and ventilated as often as you can. Don’t wait until it gets clogged that you start to clean your tub. Still find any difficulties in unclogging the tub? Comment below for the immediate support and advice from our team.