Step 1: Remove the strainer and peek down there with a flashlight. You might
find gobs of hair combined with soap. Grab with long tweezers. Flush with
Step 2: If you find hair, get a better strainer, or make the women clean out
the drain next time.
REALLY BAD ADVICE!
I never use chemical drain cleaners. They are tough on pipes, and not
very effective. Worse yet, you get to "wear" them when they don't
work and you have to snake or plunge it. Speedy Jim hit the nail on
Get a DIY book that covers tub drains so you
know how they work.
I don't like chemicals due to corrosion.
You can snake from the trip lever/overflow
opening. Or use a Shop Vac to suck/blow
at the drain opening. Plug the overflow
with wet rags.
*lots* of things can and do go badly
working on old drains. Experience counts
in this situation.
Try a plunger and stuff the overspill. Flush with hot water. If that
Raise the pop-up stopper. Gently pull up the stopper and rocker arm.
Then remove the cover plate screws with linkage. Clean all the hair
and debris from all parts and reassemble. Flush with hot water. I
suggest buying a plastic strainer that rests over the drain to catch
any hair if you find a hair clog (you will need to instruct tub users
must clean the hair trap after each use.) If this cleaning doesn't
work try using an auger from the drum trap. If the drum trap is not
accessible auger through the overflow. HTH
i have cleared mine useing a 12 elec wire about a foot long
,bend a hook on the end , push it in and pull it out can catch the hair
or whatever ..yukkkk..i have one tub i use a garden hose and pressure
flush the drain to get it flowing..those 15.00 drain snake drums you
hook a drill to have done the job for me before too. good luck.
Our shower drain slowed rather suddenly, so I got a coat hanger (you
don't want to get it stuck in
a drain), bent a hook on the tip, and fished out a disgusting and
amazing glob of hair. Dropped one of the screws
for the drain cover into the drain, but hubby has a neat, telescoping
magnet thingy which enabled us to get to
As you can see, it sort of depends....
I would agree with all the suggestions, depending on exactly what your
have and what is clogging it,. except for the chemical cleaners. I would
stay away from them.
I've had good luck with the compressed air drain cleaners, but you
must plug the overflow to work the best. On a tub, that would be
Otherwise, a manual drain snake from the home stores is the next best
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