If the water is collecting in the
bathtub while you are taking a shower chances are you have a clog in the
bathtub drain, unless of course you inadvertently pulled the stopper lever
If you have a slow bathtub drain,
there are a couple of homeowner solutions you can try before having to call
in the expensive plumber.
Most of the time a slow bathtub
drain is associated with hair and soap build up clogging the bathtub drain.
Fixing a Slow Bathtub Drain by
Cleaning Stopper and Drain Manually
To eliminate the slow bathtub
drain first try removing the stopper from the drain and removing any hair or
soap that may be stuck on it. If your drain system does not have a stopper
that can be easily pulled out, remove the screw that holds the drain cover
and use your finger or an old coat hanger to remove any hair that is caught
in the drain.
Additionally you can remove the
entire stopper linkage from the drain by removing the screw and overflow
faceplate cover that sits up above the drain hole. Once the screw has been
removed from the overflow faceplate, the entire stopper linkage can be
pulled out and cleaned. If the clog still persists, again slide the coat
hanger into the drain while the stopper linkage is out of the drain system.
Also try a toilet plunger; however you may need to first tape up the
overflow drain assembly so that the resulting air pressure associated with
the plunger is directed down the drain.
Chemical Solutions for Fixing
a Slow Bathtub Drain
If you do not feel like getting
your hands dirty, or you still can not resolve the slow bathtub drain you
can also try using a chemical product, such as Drano. I have also heard
baking soda and vinegar can also work if you want to try a more gentle
chemical solution first.
If all else fails, Call in the
If none of the other suggestions
have worked, then a plumber should be called. They have the expertise and
tools (e.g. a snake) to remove the hard to get clogs. One note, do the
plumber a favor and let him know in advance if you tried any chemical
solutions to fix the slow bathtub drain. Chemical solutions are toxic and
the plumber should wear protective clothing and eyewear before working on
your clogged drain.
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