How Do I Fix a Slow Bathtub Drain?

A slow bathtub drain can be annoying. Luckily, it’s usually easy to fix without having to call a plumber. There can be a variety of reasons why you have a slow bathroom drain, but it most likely boils down to three reasons (or a combination of all three). 

How Do I Fix a Slow Bathtub Drain
  • The drain isn’t cleaned regularly
  • Excess hair has built up in the drain
  • Soap, body oil, and other nathing materials have built up in the drain

If your drain is running on the slow side, you don’t have to buy the drain-unclogging chemicals just yet. Here are a few things you can try at home to get your bathtub drain working the way it should. 

Drain Stoppers

The first thing you’ll need to do in order to clean the drain is remove the drain stopper. There are a few different drain stoppers that may have been used in your bathtub. Here’s a look at them 

Drop Stopper

This is the most common, and consists of a small knob at the top that allows you to open and close the drain. To remove this, take off the stopper cap, and unscrew it. This will let you get to the drainage crosshairs, and you’ll be able to remove any debris there. 

Levered Bathtub Stopper

This kind of stopper has a lever attached to the overflow plate. The lever may need to be removed in order to remove the stopper and access and clean the drain. Be sure to use hot water to flush the drain after you’ve cleaned it with these types of drains. 

Push Stopper

With no clear way to remove a push stopper, it can be one of the more frustrating drain stoppers to work with. It can’t be unscrewed like a drop stopper, but it can be held from the bottom while it’s unscrewed. This should give you access to the drain for cleaning. 

There are also ways to get a deeper clean, should your drain need it. 

Bent Wire

Using a clothes wire or something akin to a clothes wire with a hook on the end can be used in your drain pipes to pull out debris and clogs. You’ll want to be careful with this, however, as you can end up pushing debris further into the pipe, and worsening a clog. 

Hot Water or Homemade Flush

As mentioned above, you can use hot water to flush the drain after you remove the debris. You can also use a vinegar and baking soda mixture, for similar results. These methods are safer than using chemical cleaners, and are just as effective. 

Toilet Plunger

Every home should have a toilet plunger, and it can be used on any slow drain in your home, as most will respond to the suction used by a plunger. 

Drain Auger

Using a drain auger or snaking the drain is a great way to reach deep into your pipes, and remove clogs. It’s important to know how to use it, even if you own one. You don’t want to do any unnecessary damage to your pipes. 

Professional bathtub drain maintenance in the New Orleans and Metairie areasIs your bathtub drain moving slow? Have you tried to clean it out, to no avail? If you are having problems with your pipes, need them serviced, or are interested in options, give Bienvenu Brothers a call to schedule a consultation. You can reach our friendly team at (504) 835-7783.