How to Clear a Slow Bathtub Drain


A slow drain in your bathtub usually means that you have a clog in your pipe somewhere. Hair and soap scum buildup are the main culprits for clogged bathtub drains. Not only is a slow drain annoying, it will also leave dirt and soap scum rings on your bathtub, making it appear unsanitary. You can try several methods before calling an expensive plumber for repairs.

Things You'll Need

  • Coat hanger
  • Toilet plunger
  • Baking soda
  • Household vinegar
  • Commercial drain product
  • Lift out the drain cover from your bathtub so that you can easily remove any hair or soap buildup with your fingers. If you do not have a drain cover, stick the bent end of a straightened coat hanger into the drain to remove the hair clog.

  • Use a toilet plunger to unstop your drain. Stick a washcloth into the overflow drain, if necessary, in order to increase the air pressure into the clogged drain. Push up and down several times on the toilet plunger to loosen and remove the clog.

  • Sprinkle about a cup of baking soda into your drain. Pour about a cup of household vinegar on top of the baking soda. This solution will start to fizz and bubble up and may be all you need to dissolve the clog in your drain.

  • Treat your drain with a commercial product specifically made to unclog drains. Follow the directions on the label and avoid getting any of the caustic solution into your eyes or on your skin.

  • Contact a plumber if all else fails and your drain is still clogged. He may need to use a special tool to reach deep into the pipes and remove the clog.

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