Is your bathtub draining slowly? Are you tired of standing in a puddle of dirty water because your tub won't drain properly during your shower? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you might need to clean your drain.
Every time you take a shower or bath, you shed some of your hair. Unfortunately, not all of that hair makes it out to the sewer or septic tank. Some of it sticks around in the drain. If your drain is sluggish, chances are you have a nice wad of hair stuck in the drain pipe. Before you call the plumber, here are some simple instructions for cleaning the hair out of the drain.
Remove the Pop-Up Drain Plug
You're going to need to remove the pop-up drain plug first. This may seem like a difficult task, but it's actually quite simple. Grab hold of the plug and lift up firmly. Wiggle the plug back and forth to release the stopper and rocker arm. Be sure to have a plastic bag nearby. You'll use the bag to throw away the hair and debris that comes out with the rocker arm.
Clear Out the Hair
Once you've removed the stopper and rocker arm, you'll be ready to clear out the drain. The easiest way is to make a wire drain cleaner using an old wire hanger. Straighten out the wire hanger. Wrap a piece of hook and loop fastener to the end of the hanger. Secure the fastener to the hanger using a piece of duct tape.
Firmly insert the hanger into the drain and push down. Twist the hanger as you insert it into the drain. Pull the hanger out of the drain and discard the hair that's attached to the end. Repeat the process until the hanger comes out clean.
Clean the Drain
Now that all the hair has been removed, it's time to give it a good cleaning. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the drain and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Add 1 cup of vinegar to the drain and allow it to foam for another 15 minutes. Once the vinegar has stopped foaming, you'll want to flush the drain with 1 gallon of hot water. Your drain is now clean and hair-free.
Standing in a puddle of dirty water is no way to take a shower. Get rid of the puddles by cleaning out your drains. Use these easy-to-follow instructions to clear the hair out of your drains and keep them flowing smoothly. if your bathtub drain continues to give you problems, you should contact a plumber like A Absolute Plumbing & Heating. You may have a clog further into your drain system.