Unclogging Bathtub Drains Without the Use of Commercial Cleaners
Basically, clearing out clogged drains can be a do-it-yourself project if you only know how to fix it. Clearing blocked drains relies on knowledge and tools of the pipe layout that is hidden in every household. Remember that each of these drains is connected to the horizontal pipes that meet in a stack. Proper flow of the water needs to be replaced by the air that is drawn into the system via the rooftop vent. Specific parts of the drain system are vulnerable to the blockage, which makes a better understanding of the trouble zones imperative so you will be notified before an emergency actually occurs.
It would also be necessary to learn first where the drain clog hotspots are prior to any type of fixture. These hotspots are the traps underneath the sinks, the internal passages in a toilet, and inside the main drainpipe.
The following measures are simple and safe ones, as they won’t require you to use chemicals.
The Drop Stopper Method
The prominent knob of a drop stopper should be lifted and turned to open your bathtub drain. This procedure allows you to fix the clogged or slow-draining tub drains without a pricey plumber bill and chemicals. You just need a bent coat hanger or stiff wire and a screwdriver. The problem here may only be collected hairs under your stopper. Know how you can remove this stopper and then get the gunk.
Lock or Push of Drain Stoppers
Push on your stopper so it will be released and let the drain open. Hold the stopper’s stem while unscrewing its cap. Remove the accumulated hair found in the crossbars or just take out the whole shaft by unscrewing it. It may be imperative to make an adjustment on the stem’s screw tension during the reinstallation for a great seal.
Closing-Up of the Stopper Lever
Most of the tubs being used these days contain stopper that can be found inside the overflow tube and drain. Most of them have a screen over your drain and lever on an overflow plate. The screen helps keep most of the hair from the drain, while some still get through and create a blockage at crossbars. Get an access to the clog by unscrewing the screen and removing it. Unscrew your overflow plate and then pull the stopper and linkage up and then out should you have an internal stopper. Clean the stopper and linkage and pour water into the drain so it will be flushed.
You may be required to adjust, reinsert and test the linkage, as there are instances when it’s out of adjustment, disallowing the stopper to open wider to have a better flow. Let the water flow into your tub then. Lengthen its stopper linkage for better-sealed drain when it leaks. Shorten its stopper linkage when the drain fails to open and allow the water out.
Without resorting to harmful chemicals, you can actually solve any issues in your plumbing system – and skip the service of a costly plumber.