Fix a Faucet drain

Clear a clogged drain in your shower or tub

If have a clogged tub or clogged shower drain there is no need to panic. It’s not unusual for hair and soap residue to build up to create a clogged drain. Below we offer some easy steps you can take to clear a clogged drain in your shower or tub.

Clearing a clogged drain

Drain snake
Plastic drain for clogged drain
Plastic snakes for clogged drains are cheap and often come in packs of three.

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A drain snake looks like an oversized zip tie with teeth on it. This is an easy first step to try and fix a clogged drain.

Simply insert the plastic snake into the drain as far as it will reach, or up to the handle. Slowly pull the snake from the drain, removing any hair or other blockage that catch on the teeth.

You may need to repeat the process several times to completely remove what ever caused your clogged drain.

When you believe you have removed all of the blockage, run some water down the drain to see if it flows freely.

Plunger

Another easiest way to unclog a tub or shower drain is to use a plunger. Fill the tub or shower basin with about  4 inches of water. Rapidly plunge the drain about a dozen times. If the water doesn’t drain, repeat the process.

You can try using the plunger as well as a plastic drain snake to completely clear the blockage.

Auger
Plumbing auger for clogged drain.
Plumbing auger for clogged drain.Plastic snakes for clogged drains are cheap and often come in packs of three.

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If the plastic drain snake and plunger do not fix your clogged drain, you can try an auger. These are also called plumbing snakes or toilet jacks.

On floor drains, unscrew the drain and feed the auger down the drain until it reaches the blockage. Turn the auger clockwise and remove the auger slowly. Continue this process until water drains properly.

If your tub has a pop-up drain lever, remove the overflow cover but taking out the screws with a screwdriver. Feed the auger down the drain until it reaches the blockage. Turn the auger clockwise and remove the auger slowly. Continue this process until water drains properly.

Be careful not to scratch the surface of your tub or shower when inserting the auger into the drain.


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