- The first thing to do with a clogged drain is to check
that the pop-up stopper is opened fully, and be sure that all hair and remains
is cleared out.
- If the drain is still clogged, use a plunger or chemical
- If the previous methods fail to work, you’ll have to use
- Most tubs have
a P trap in the drain. In some homes, the tub may have a drum trap in the
floor near the tub instead (it will have a removable metal cover and a
- Using a snake
in a tub P trap is much like snaking out a sink trap. If you have a drum
trap, first try snaking it clear through the tub overflow.
- If that doesn't
work, bailout all the standing water from the tub.
- Then, using an
adjustable-end wrench, unscrew the trap cover slowly.
- Have rags ready
for any water that wells up.
- Remove the
cover, bail out and clean the trap.
- If, after this,
water does not well up, snake toward he tub; if water does well up, snake
toward he main drain.
- If you can't
reach the clog from the trap, it's probably deeper in he main drain.