I miss taking baths. As a child, I would spend many minutes in the tub, enjoying the warm water and playing with my water-proof action figures (ok, water-resistant).
My favorite memory was, as the bathtub would drain, a tornado-like spiral would develop over the drain, and all the dirt would immediately be sucked in to the vortex. Being a highly curious five-year-old, I was always fascinated by this phenomenon. It was like “The Perfect Storm” as seen through the eyes of a five-year-old.
If a clog ever interrupted my daily ritual, I probably would have been very unhappy. I might have even cried. Perhaps you are not as interested in the water-draining process as I was, but that is no reason to be content with a clogged bathtub.
Today, many companies are advertising “miracle chemicals” that will instantly unclog any blockage, and even prevent future clogged bathtub problems. However, these chemicals are very harmful to the environment, and pollute the water-supply that is ultimately pumped back into our homes.
So is there an equally effective, yet safer alternative to the clogged bathtub blues?
There is always the option of getting on your hands and knees and digging the crud out of the drain. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, a plunger will often suffice. If the clog is more extensive, it may be necessary to call a professional who can go down into the pipes below the clogged bathtub.
The smartest way to deal with clogged bathtubs is to prevent them. Consider installing a screen over the drain that will fish out most of the scum and hair that accumulates. My bathtub has a Frisbee-shaped stopper over the drain that prevents most dirt from clogging the tub.
There are also many “natural chemicals” one can use to prevent a clogged bathtub. Many plumbers recommend pouring such solutions as vinegar, hot-water, and baking soda into the drain every few months.
Bathtubs are fun. They are relaxing and make you smell good. Why let a clogged bathtub ruin the party??