A clogged bathtub drain can be one of the most frustrating situations for any homeowner.
The whole point of taking a long and luxurious bath in the first place is to forget about everything that’s stressing us out and just “float” away. It’s one thing to notice the water slowly making its way down the drain.
Slow and steady as she goes.
It’s an entirely different experience when you pull the drain plug and instead of water dropping down, dark and oozing blobs of who knows what are making their way back up.
There are a number of methods you can use to attempt to clear a clogged drain but only one will guarantee success….calling a professional plumber. Which isn’t to say that do-it-yourself methods won’t work in your house, they very well might. But before you go running for your plunger, you might want to think about the situation.
First of all, a plunger will generally do a good job; however, certain drain assemblies make it difficult, if not impossible, to use a plunger unless you take apart the bathtub drain.
Unfortunately, the bathtub drains that make it difficult to use a plunger are also the hardest to take apart and reassemble. Not to mention that sometime using a plunger might actually make the problem worse. These reasons also hold true for a drain snake, which many of us don’t have anyway.
And please, do not use chemical drain cleaners. Their fumes are toxic and you need to use rubber gloves and goggles just to open the bottle. Wherever your pipes eventually lead, it isn’t anywhere you would want to drop the equivalent of toxic waste. And that is exactly what you’re doing when you use a chemical drain cleaner.
The next time you have a clogged bathtub drain, call a professional plumber. He or she can take care of your problem quickly and they may even spot a small, fixable situation before it becomes a big, expensive problem.