We recently paid a plumber $95 to clean a clogged bathtub drain. All our home remedy tips did not free the clog. In fact, we even had to have them get the "snake" that we had used out of the drain because it was lodged in and we couldn't get it to move. He shared a tip that will help keep drains clear. The problem we had was that hair had clogged it up. He said to pour a half gallon of Clorox in there once a month to keep it flushed. He also said never to use those liquid drain cleaners in a situation like this because they would just stop at the blocked up place and make the situation worse.
By Sandy from Elon, NC
Clorox or any other cleaning product in large quantity will indeed wreck all of the breakdown processes in a septic tank---think very carefully before you pour that kind of stuff down your drains or toilets!
A cheaper, faster, and safer way to deal with this is to go the the local equivalent of the "dollar store" and buy a "hair catcher" to put into the tub drain. It catches a LOT of the hair, and you just pull it out and clear all the hair off of it once a week or so.
I toss it into the dishwasher to clean it---had the same one for going on three years now and it still works great---no caustic substances are needed with this thing.
Total cost----a dollar.
Oh yes I almost forgot---it also helps to brush your hair vigorously before you get into the tub or shower. My daughter and I both have very long hair, and we get less of it in the catcher if we brush first.
For slow drains in old houses, pour a bottle of bleach down the tub drain once a month in the evening (every 5 weeks for the bathroom sink). In the morning, heat up a tea kettle and pour one gallon of water down the drain. Aim for the drain (or use a funnel), so as not to crack porcelain. This works only on slow drains.
Source: Frugal Village
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
Bleach and your septic system is a delicate balance. The good bacteria break down the "sludge" and make your system work properly. I don't know the science et, but do know what my septic cleaner guy told me. Bleach used very sparingly, no garbage disposal use, no fats down the sink. Also have your system cleaned/pumped every few years. The baking soda and vinegar trick work well for me. Good luck.
I was so happy to find these handy tools at Lowe's. No more using wire to unclog the bathroom sink, and the cute little bathtub plunger, was so colorful to pass up!
If drain cleaners are not working in a shower or bathtub drain, the problem might be higher up. The shower drain in my long-haired teenage daughter's bathroom was plugged so badly she ended up standing in water up to her ankles when she took a shower.
I saw a tip using baking soda to unclog a bathtub drain. I didn't bookmark and now can't find it. Can anyone recall the tip?
Put a half a cup of bicarb soda down the drain dry then tip 1 cup of vinegar down the drain and leave for 10 minutes then pour a jug full of boiling water down the drain.
I have a clogged shower and my toilet drains into the shower. I ran a snake down into the shower and it felt like it was coming out the vent. I ran a hose into the vent and the water came into the shower. Can someone please help?
I would try pouring about 1/4 cup of dawn dish detergent down the drain and let it sit for 15 minutes then follow it with a kettle of hot water and then do a little plunging.
I need to know if my problem is a pipe clog or a septic problem. The tub fills only to flow from under the toilet and therefore floods the bathroom.
You want to know whether it's a drain clog or a septic problem. If some of your drains are working it's not a septic problem, it's a blockage where the drain from the tub joins the drain from the toilet, or just below that. In that case, water from the tub can back up toward the toilet. There's a wax seal between the toilet and the floor, and if that seal is not perfect, then water backing up to the toilet will leak onto the floor.
When we recently found that the water in my bathtub was not draining. I discovered that the lever from the overflow cover was broken. I replaced the bathtub overflow cover unit with a new one.
When I completed the replacement, I tested the water in the tub for drainage and the bathtub drained just fine. When I pressed the lever one direction, it drained and when pushed the other direction, it blocked. Two days later the tub will not drain. I removed the newly installed cap and pulled the whole unit that's connected to it out of the overflow pipe, which had a metal cylinder-like tube at the end. I then tried plunging the drain opening on the tub floor, but the water simply came up the overflow pipe out the cover opening back into the tub. It would seem to me that there is more than just dirt as an impediment, but I suspect some part of the system that may be lodged blocking the outflow. Any suggestions what it may be and what can be done to remedy this?
I have had to plunge the bathtub also from time to time. You have to cover any other openings when you plunge the bathtub or the plunger wont work very well. I wish I had more to advise than this!
Blessings and good luck on the bathtub!
In my bathroom the face basin and toilet drains properly, but the bathtub does not, it drains outside of my house. I ran a snake in the pipe and that did not help, what can I do?
By Lovell from Houston, TX
Did you try 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar close the drain tightly, let stand for 30 minutes, and pour one gallon hot bubbling water.
What is the best way to clean a tub drain?
By Barbara from FL
My plumber told me to use a half cup of bleach in each drain. Let it sit overnight and then in the morning run hot water, especially good on the kitchen (grease). It also is good removing soap gunk in the bath drain. But if you have a clog from roots or even hair, you need to snake the drain.
I need to unclog a tub drain that has sheet rock pieces in it. The tub is stopped up.
Would love answer because I have been having tub clogged 3 days.Liquid plumber and can drano crystals. Help!
I have a slow kitchen drain. Anyone have any tips for unclogging it? I know I've seen answers to this in the newsletters but I can't find where I filed them.
- Linne Dodds
Mix 1 c. salt and 1 c. baking soda, pour down drain followed by 1 c. vinegar. It will boil and bubble, cleaning out the drain. When all the bubbling stops follow up with a lot of hot water. Hope this helps. (05/10/2001)
The best kitchen drain cleaner I've ever used is: 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup baking soda sprinkled into the drain; pour 1/2 cup vinegar over it and let sit for about 15 minutes. Pour boiling water (I usually just use hot tap water) over it for several minutes. This flushes the drain nicely, removes grease and/or hair buildup, and keeps the drain open for a long, long time. Even my husband was impressed with how effective it is! (05/10/2001)
Using a septic tank treatment in the drain every month will keep it cleared out. If you have a disposer use the rubber plug that came with it to stop up the non disposer side, then fill the disposer side with water. Hold the plug in the non disposer side down firmly and turn the disposer on. The disposer will turn into a water pump and force the clog out. (07/05/2005)
Baking soda and hot water, or simply boiling water are often enough to clean the sink.
When you use baking soda and vinegar together, they bubble and create CO2, but they don't react with the grease in the clog. Products such as Drano are a strong base, and they react with the grease in the clog and dissolve it (base+grease=soap). Baking soda is a milder base, and so will work in the same way. (01/05/2009)
I read an article about egg shells. Take your egg shells rince them out well and set aside for a couple days or so to make sure they are completely dry and membrane is removed crush shells and put them down the drain then put stopper in run some water after a bit pull plug out the egg shells and suction will pull the gunk down n away