What to Do When Your Tub Won’t Drain

Are you unsure how to unclog a bathtub full of water? Getting your tub or shower drain to work again is very important not only for the sanity of your home but also for your home’s health. Over time the clogged drains can cause further damages like mold, flooding, bursts or leaking pipes. Here’s a step-by-step guide on what to do when your tub won’t drain and if those don’t work the pros of Near Plumbers are always ready to step in.

1. Boiling water down the drain
Boil a pot of water. Carefully pour the boiling water down the drain in stages, allowing it to work through the blockage. This method helps if the clog is made up of grease or soap, the boiler water should melt it away. Repeat if necessary.

2. Plunger Method

If the boiling water method doesn’t work, try using a plunger to clear the clog. Fill the tub with enough water to cover the base of the plunger, ensuring a good seal when you place the plunger over the drain. Pump the plunger up and down vigorously, then remove it to check if the water drains. This method is effective for shallow clogs. Repeat if necessary until the drain is clear.

3. Baking Soda and Vinegar

We do not recommend using chemical drain cleaners as they can damage pipes. Instead, try a natural solution. Pour 2 cups of baking soda down the drain, followed by 2 cups of vinegar. Let the mixture fizz and sit for 15-30 minutes. Finally, flush the drain with hot water. The fizzing reaction can help clear the clog effectively.

4. Call a Professional Plumber

If your tub still won’t drain after trying all these methods, it’s time to call a professional plumber. Some clogs are too stubborn for DIY solutions. Professional plumbers have advanced tools like mechanical snakes, hydro-jetting, and camera inspections to effectively clear tough blockages. They can not only remove the clog but also diagnose and address the underlying causes to prevent future issues.

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