A slow-draining tub can be infuriating. Standing water is not just unsightly, it's not healthy. When you are finished with your bath, the water should drain out of the tub, not linger for minutes, or even hours. That creates a dampness in the bathroom which is not what you want. Not to mention that it will inconvenience everyone else in the house if it's the only bathroom. Luckily, it's one of the few plumbing problems that can often be solved without too much disturbance to your home. It will be the unusual drain clog that requires pipes to be removed. So, here are three ways that you might unclog that drain:
Vinegar and Baking Soda
This is the classic home remedy for clogged drains. It's best if the clog is not too severe. So, if you do have standing water that takes hours to drain, it might not work that well. However, if the clog is not too bad, then a vinegar and baking soda solution might work. The fist thing you need to do is let the water drain. You never try and pour a solution down into the drain while the tub is full. Next, pour boiling water down the drain, and then add a cup of baking soda. Next, pour down a cup of vinegar. This solution is best to dispense with soap build up.
Lye-Based Drain Cleaner
If the clog is more severe, and you don't think it's just soap scum, but perhaps old hair as well, then you should move on to a lye-based drain cleaner. These work really well because lye is caustic; it will destroy the clog by burning it up and then letting it drain away. The thing to remember about lye solutions is that they are dangerous. You should be very careful when using them. The old fashioned lye-based cleaners were simply lye and metal shavings that were poured into the drain in powder form, and then water was added to it. The newer forms are mostly in premixed gel or liquid forms. However, they are still dangerous and you need to be careful about using them. It's best to empty the tub. Even though some people will pour these cleaners into a full tub, you should empty the tub first. If the tub doesn't drain, then use a bucket and empty the tub down the toilet. This way, should you pour the drain cleaner into the tub and it doesn't drain, you won't be stuck with a huge tub filled with lye-filled water.
Professional Plumber Solutions
If you have not been able to fix the clog yourself, then it's time to bring in the professionals. A plumber like Knights Plumbing & Drain will have the special equipment that will enable them to clean out the clog. They will be able to use tools such as pneumatic drain cleaners (devices that use high pressed air) or steel drain snakes. They can also use these special tools without doing damage to the drain, which is something you need to be careful of.Share
28 May 2017
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