anytime plumbing
02 Feb

How To Unclog Your Bathtub

A clogged bathroom drain can be extremely annoying. Not only that the bathtub gets dirty with residue, but it’s also unhygienic and it takes a long time before you can clear the water out of the tub each time you use it.

Luckily, there are plenty of DIY solutions you can try before calling a local plumber, and they do the job in most cases. Let’s see what can efficiently unclog your bathtub drain.

Boiling Water

Boiled water poured slowly directly in the drain can unclog it by dissolving the residues that are blocking it. Since most of the time drains are clogged by soap gunk and organic residue, they should be easily dislodged with the help of very hot water. Just boil a big pot of water and pour it down the drain. If it doesn’t work, move on to the next method.

Baking Soda + Vinegar

This duo of natural ingredients is something anyone should have at home for cleaning purposes. Baking soda and vinegar react together to create a fizz that you can use to dislodge dirt and gunk. First, carefully pour a cup of baking soda down the drain. A small funnel might help get it inside easily. Then pour two cups of white vinegar in the drain and let them react together for 10 minutes before finishing the job with a pot of boiled water.


Sometimes, you need to move the debris a bit to unclog the bathtub drain. Use a cup-shaped plunger to create a vacuum seal and move it up and down with short, vigorous moves. Before you use the plunger, the bathtub must be filled with water up to a few inches.

Plumber’s Snake

If you don’t have one of these in your house already, you can find it at any hardware or bricolage store. Push the snake in slowly, until you reach the clog, then do short moves up and down to dislodge it without damaging the drain. Most of the time, this should eliminate a stubborn clog.

Remove the Clog by Hand

When it comes to clogged drains in the bathroom, hair is the culprit in most cases. If you’re dealing with long hair, the methods above might not work. But you might be lucky enough to have the hair high enough in the drain to be able to reach it by hand. Unscrew the drain cover and try using your fingers (use gloves!) to remove the debris. You can also use tools like an old crochet hook or a barbecue skewer to remove the hair and other debris.

When It’s Time to Call the Professionals

If none of the methods above work, you might have a bigger problem on your hands. Just call a professional plumber and have them solve the problem. You can reach out to Anytime Plumbing and we’ll make sure your bathroom drain will work perfectly again.

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Amer Zaghlouleh is the owner of Anytime Plumbing Inc., a trusted plumbing company serving Santa Cruz County. With a focus on delivering quality work and reliable service, Amer has established himself as a respected professional in the industry. He believes in providing honest and trustworthy plumbing solutions to every customer, ensuring their satisfaction and peace of mind. With years of experience and a commitment to staying updated with the latest technical advances, Amer and his team at Anytime Plumbing Inc. are fully equipped to handle any plumbing job with precision and efficiency. Trust in Amer's expertise and dedication for all your plumbing needs.