You’re looking forward to unwinding after a difficult day and want to run yourself a hot, relaxing bath. After soaking for a bit, you finish up and after pulling the stopper, you notice the water is stuck at the drain! The tub isn’t emptying, and there isn’t any sign of it going anywhere soon. You may not be sure what caused the clog, but you can be sure that it needs to be fixed. The following steps outline how to clear a clogged bathtub drain.
The first step is to get the round plate off that is located below the spout. You may have to use quite a bit of force, as the fixture can be difficult to work with if it has never been removed before. Once it is dislodged, you remove the plate and any connecting parts. This next step requires that you use a form of household drain snake. Advance the wire down the overflow (the hole that was left behind the plate being removed) and continue to feed the wire through. When you feel resistance, measure the wire from the snake tool itself until you have about six inches of wire exposed between the tool and the overflow. Then you tighten the thumb screw and begin to turn the drum steadily as you apply force to the wire through the drain.
Next you loosen the thumb screw and expose another six inches of wire. Continue this process a few times until a couple of feet of wire is through the drain, this will ensure that you have snaked through the trap of the drain where clogs commonly take place. Loosening the thumb screw once more, begin to draw the wire back into the drum. You might want to hold a cloth over the wire as you pull it back in to keep the tool, and your hands, clean.
The wire might reveal a plug of hair or lots of soap residue buildup, or it might come back clear. This means you could either have removed what was clogging the drain or possible have pushed the blockage through. Now it is time to test the result by running a little bit of water. If the drainage has improved, you can run the wire through the overflow once more while riveting it back and forth through the drain to be sure that all of the blockage is cleared. If the drain is still failing, you may want to call your local professional to look for a possible, more serious issue.
Once you reinstall the overflow plate and connecting parts, you will be good to go! If your efforts have not been successful, give Jack Ward and Sons Plumbing a call at (615) 227-2811.