What Are Home Remedies for Unclogging a Bathtub Drain?


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To remove clogs, first remove the drain cover, then remove any visible debris, suggests Fischer Plumbing. Deeper clogs are treated by pouring 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of salt into the drain, followed by 1 cup of white vinegar. Flush the drain with boiling water after 10 minutes.

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What Are Home Remedies for Unclogging a Bathtub Drain?
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A variation of this home remedy option is to pour the baking soda and vinegar into the drain, then immediately plug the tub and fill it with water. Remove the plug when the tub is full to allow the pressure of the water to force the clog out of the drain.

To remove the clog with a plunger, apply a layer of petroleum jelly to the bottom ring of the plunger and place the plunger directly over the drain with 2 to 3 inches of water in the tub. Plunge the drain for one to two minutes and flush it with hot water after the blockage is cleared.

An inexpensive drain snake is used to clear clogs by inserting the proper end of the snake into the drain and manually twisting the snake counter-clockwise to catch the clog. After catching the clog, remove the snake, and flush the drain with water.

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