Unclogging a Bathtub Drain
Generally bathtub and shower drains get clogged with human hair. The hair frequently gets stuck in the drain at the top or courses through and gets stuck with the p-trap underneath.
You will require a plunger, cloth, needle nose forceps, multi head screwdriver, Allen torque, hacksaw and possibly a little snake. Don’t utilize any sort of corrosive or other drain cleaner.
On the off chance that your bathtub is more established than you may have an old drum trap rather than a p-trap. There is a drain at the bottom of some of these; however, generally regardless of the fact that this is open the drain fitting is ordinarily rusted set up. Also not at all like the P-trap under your sink there is no union on a p-trap under the bathtub.
Attempt to source the stop up before you begin. Case in point, in the event that you run water into the bathtub and the tub begins to fill immediately then you know the obstruct is close. In the event that the water runs for a moment before the tub begins to fill then you know the stop up is further down the funnel.
A few bathtubs have a chrome or metal connector that fits into the drain. You will need to uproot this either with an Allen torque or screwdriver relying upon the kind of drain fitting you have. Some have the lever style that is controlled by a lever that leaves the flood channel.
When you attempt to plunge the drain you ought to attempt to haul out to the extent that as you can with a your needle nose forceps. This will regularly resolve the issue. If not, then you ought to endeavor to plunge the drain next.
When you begin you ought to take off the over stream plate. You will require a basic head or a Phillips head on your screwdriver to uproot the one or two tightens holding the plate in place. Be mindful so as not to let the funnel behind the tub drop or you will have an intense time later on.
Next, you will need to wet your cloth and place within the flood funnel. This will permit you to plunge the drain and energy, air into the p-trap rather than the air heading up flood channel.
Right away place some water in the bottom of the tub so you can get a great seal on your drain. Notwithstanding plunge the drain with your plunger while holding the wet cloth in the flood funnel. In the event that you don’t hold the cloth the power of the water and air will push the cloth out of the channel. The best sort of plunger for this is the accordion style. Not just would you be able to push air and water into the p-trap you can likewise force water from the drain.
This may require some exertion on your part. Actually, you may need to plunge forcefully for 5 to 10 minutes to get the drain unclogged.
In the event that after you have worked up a hard sweat you still can’t get the drain unclogged you will need to endeavor to utilize the snake. In the event that you have the kind of fitting that has the lever control you will need to endeavor to evacuate this before winding. Thus, you may need to go underneath the floor where the p-trap is and removed the channel, and snake from that point.
In a few cases you can’t get the snake through the p-trap and you will have no decision however to go underneath the carpet into the storm cellar or the primary carpet of the house and access the p-trap. Lamentably if the roof underneath is dry walled you will need to slice into the drywall to get access.
When you do this you will either have metal, electrifies, ABS, or PVC channel. Cut into the funnel or more the p-trap and simply past the p-trap. This will provide for you get to the drain that you can now utilize a snake on. You will need a container to get all the water from the p-trap and bathtub. In the event that you have a full tub you may need to safeguard a portion of the water out before cutting into the line underneath. What’s more, in the event that you USED ACID of any sort you ought to call a plumber.
When the drain is clear you will need to gather all that you have dismembered. Introduce another p-trap if this is needed. Utilizing a Fernco which is an elastic brace will bail you out a lot.
Once the p-trap is set up you ought to test by topping the tub off and viewing how quickly the water streams out. In the event that everything is great you can now put the flood plate again on and repair any openings you may have made.