Having a bathtub in your place is a dream that not all of us have, but you have to think about this downside when you have to unclog it. There is always a downside to everything good in life; most of us are a little wary of unclogging out bathtubs, but we are here to help you out with this.
My partner and I share our house chores, and I can clean everything in our Manhattan apartment apart from the bathroom (that’s their job, not mine). However, cleaning your bathtub can be a hassle, especially if you don’t know what you are doing. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our tips for unclogging your bathtub drain.
1. Pour boiling water down the drain
There is a lot of gunk that accumulates down your drain over time, no matter how careful you are with it. Soap and shampoo can cause gunk buildup in your drain over time, which is relatively easy to combat. Boil a pot or kettle of water and once it reaches the boiling point, then slowly pout it down the bathtub drain.
Now you should be aware that these tips might not work for every type of clog out there, and this won’t work if there is a clog caused by matted hair. This tip will only work for gunk caused by soap or shampoo buildup; the hot water will be able to dissolve most of the soap fairly quickly. This you try these tips and your drain is still clogged, then it’s time to try another method.
2. Using a plunger
Plungers are something that we all ought to have in our home, and they are a tool that will come in handy in your most challenging times. It is one of the most popular tools that you can use to prevent bathtub clogging. To use this successfully, you will want to put some water in your bathtub, use your plunger, and plunge vigorously.
If you want to create a better seal with the plunger, then you might want to try a small amount of petroleum jelly around the rim of the plunger. You ought to know that plungers don’t necessarily work on all types of drains, which is why you need to know the cause of the clog; if not, then you have to use trial and error to get rid of your clog.
3. Baking soda and vinegar
This is the magical duo that does a lot of weight lifting in the cleaning world, but it cannot be used on all types of surfaces as it can dull them down. If you don’t like to use chemicals, then this might be the perfect solution for you. You are also not advised to overuse chemicals in your drains, which can corrode your pipes in the long run.
Baking soda and vinegar is an all-natural solution that can help you unclog your bathtub drain. To use this method, start by pouring one cup of baking soda down your drains and let it settle there for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Allowing the mixture to sit there allows the baking soda to work its magic better.
After this, pour a cup of vinegar over the baking soda and let this solution work its magic. We usually recommend you top to pour a kettle or pot of hot water down the drain after the solution has worked its magic. This is a really useful and cheap method to clear and dissolve buildup.
4. Manual removal
This isn’t for the faintest of hearts, and it is not for me. This is one of the more aggressive ways to fix a clogged bathtub drain. If you are willing to do this and get your hands dirty, we advise you to use a pair of latex or rubber gloves before starting this process.
Before you start unclogging anything, you need to remove the drain covers; look for the screws, and unscrew them. Then look down your drain and see if you can identify the cause of the clog. If you notice any visible hair or drain-clogging material within your reach, use your fingers and try to pull out as much gunk as possible.
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