If you ever need to snake out a tub drain, you won't get very far as long as the drain and grate are in place in the tub. To remove this fixture, use a tool called a bathtub drain key. These devices fit inside the tub drain and grip on the grate inside. This makes removing the bathtub drain, which can be quite difficult, into a relatively simple operation.
Things You'll Need
- Bathtub drain key
- Adjustable wrench
- Bathroom cleaner
- Nylon brush
Remove the stopper from the tub drain. How exactly you need to do this will depend on the type of drain stopper in place. A toe tap type can be removed by extending the drain and rotating it counterclockwise, while a lift and turn type can be removed by unscrewing the handle on top and pulling out the stopper.
Clean out any debris inside of the drain that may be clogging up the grate. Use a rag and bathroom cleaner to wipe up any mold, mildew or soap debris in the drain that might cause the drain key to slip. Pick out any hair with a nylon brush.
Insert the notched end of the drain key into the bathtub drain opening. Slowly rotate the drain key until you feel it lock into place on the bathtub drain grate.
Slip an adjustable wrench over the end of the key and tighten.
Turn the wrench and key counterclockwise until you feel the drain flange start to move in the drain opening.
Continue turning the wrench and the drain until it comes out of the tub.
Tips & Warnings
- It may help to spray penetrating lubricant on the drain and let this soak in for 15 minutes before trying to remove the drain.
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