How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain Full of Hair

How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain Full of Hair

If the clogging problem seems solvable by yourself, then it is recommended that you fix it than have a plumber do it for you. Unclogging a bathtub drain is pretty easy, and the tools you would need are more than likely present in your home.

Follow the steps below to find out how to unclog a bathtub drain full of hair.


Use Baking Soda and Vinegar

You probably already have these things at your home. Mixing them together would give you a natural cleaning product, which could help you clear moderate blockages in your bathtub.

Pour a half cup of baking soda followed by a half cup of vinegar down the drain. Wait for the ingredients to foam for five minutes. Pour hot water down the drain and allow it run down for like a minute. Observe if the draining process is still slow. If it is, then feel free to repeat the process.

The main advantage for using natural ingredients is that they would not cause damage to plastic pipes. However, this method is not effective on serious blockages.

Chemical Clog Removers

These are available at supermarkets and hardware stores. Be sure to follow indicated instructions on these items carefully. The amount you would need to use to unclog your bathtub may vary.

Remember to use goggles to protect your eyes and gloves to protect your hands. Remember not to mix different brands or chemicals together as it might cause a bad chemical reaction like poisonous gas. Upon following the instructions, pour the chemical down the drain.

Take note that using chemicals is a pretty straightforward solution, but the frequent use of them can cause damage to your drainage pipes. Minimize blockages in the future so that you would not need to frequently use them.

Use a Plunger

This is another straightforward way of dealing with a clog. However, it depends on the blockage’s nature. This may not be very effective especially if the clog is pretty deep.

To get a better seal, add petroleum jelly to the end of the plunger. Submerge the plunger on the bathtub by adding the appropriate amount of water. Use the plunger to vigorously plunge the bathtub drain.

Plunging is a low-cost method of dealing with clogs, so it is always worth a try.

Remove the Drain Stopper

If the methods above did not solve the problem, then you should try this method. Remove the drain stopper by unscrewing the overflow plate. Use a plunger to open and close the drain. If the stopper is stuck in a semi-closed position, then it may restrict the water flow. Adjust the position of the plunger by adjusting the lock nuts holding the plunger to the threaded rod.

Use a plumber’s snake if you have determined that the problem is a clog. Use the overflow as your access. Remember that soap can also accumulate on the drainage strainer so make sure to remove it to further inspect and access it. However, take note that some strainers need to be unscrewed first, while some can be removed manually.

Use a Plumber’s Snake

This is another low-cost yet straightforward method you can use, with a pretty high success rate.

Put the plumber’s snake down the drain until you reach the clog. Remove the stopper to gain access to the drain. Bring it back up by turning the handle. To check the drain, run water on it to make sure that the clog is gone. This process may need to be repeated a few times to ensure that the clog is completely gone.

Call a Plumber

If any of these methods do not fix your problem, the best way is to call a professional plumber.

You can watch this video if you need a demonstration:

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