Plumbing Tips

How To Unclog Bathtub Drains

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Every month we have homeowners calling us because they need assistance unclogging bathtub drains, mainly due to the buildup of hairs and grime. It may seem trivial, but it's a real issue that can lead to the pooling of water. Once you have a buildup of standing water it can lead to a number of health issues, aesthetic damage, and hygiene concerns. If you can't get a plumber out to fix the problem, then there are a few steps you can take to try and combat it on your own, and one step you should always avoid.  

Say No To Chemical Cleaners

The most common solution is actually the most harmful, and often least effective. In addition to being unreliable, chemical drain cleaners can pose a tremendous risk to your home. These agents can erode and damage the pipes in your home, the same goes for bleach. Thankfully the best cleaning agents are ones found naturally, something that anyone who's ever tried to get wine out of a carpet will no doubt have learned first hand! Below is a quick how-to guide on 

preparing your own DIY drain cleaner. 

Making A DIY drain cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups boiling water
  • One cup of clear vinegar

    Tiled Bathtub in Bathroom

  • 1/2 cup of baking soda

Instructions:

  • Clear out any standing water and material blocking the drains    
  • Pour 1 cup of boiling water down the drain

  • Follow that with the 1/2 cup of baking soda 
  • Pour the cup of vinegar down the drain, you should hear a fizz as the chemical reaction takes place
  • Cover the drain to allow this reaction to carry on
  • Wait for a full 10 minutes
  • Pour two cups of boiling water to wash away any residue

If this doesn't work, then your only solution is to call in a professional plumber, someone who knows their way around a drain like no one else. And remember, it's important to clean your baths and sinks regularly, which can help to avoid the problem entirely. Regular maintenance and a twice-yearly visit from a certified professional plumber will be enough to keep your drains flowing and functioning properly all year round. 

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