If you frequently find that your bathtub has trouble draining at a standard rate of speed, there is a good chance a clog has become present within the piping system. Hair is usually the culprit in tub draining problems. Here are some steps you can take to eliminate hair within your plumbing system so water will drain from your tub without needing to use damaging chemicals in the process.
Administer Plumbing Procedures
Try using a plunger to remove the hair clog from your drain. The rubber end of this tool is placed over the drain hole and you will need to use a pumping up and down motion to dislodge hair. If this does not work after a few tries, switch to a plumber's snake to try pushing the hair out the way. The metal end of this tool is inserted into the drain hole and then the bulk of the metal is unwound from the base. There are small hooks on the end of a plumber's snake that may also assist in snagging a hair ball so it can be pulled from the drain when you wind the tool back up.
Make A Homemade Drain Cleaner
Consider using a cleaning procedure using equal parts of baking soda and white vinegar to clear out clogged hair from within your drain pipe. Start by sprinkling the baking soda into the drain. Follow with the white vinegar. These items will start effervescing when they come into contact with each other inside of your drain. This process will cause carbon dioxide in the form of small bubbles to scrub the interior walls of your pipe. Air will then expand inside of the pipe when this process takes place, pushing any hair clogging the passageway down and out of the way.
Try An Enzymatic Cleanser
If you do not wish to use chemical agents to clear out a hair clog, an enzymatic cleanser is an organic alternative. This is comprised of bacteria which will eat away at any matter within your piping system. It usually comes in a powder form. Simply sprinkle the agent into your drain and add hot water to help disperse it evenly over the clogged material.
If your tub has standing water in the basin before the powder is added, use a shop vacuum to remove the moisture beforehand so the water does not cool before it hits the enzymatic cleaner. Enzymatic products usually work if you apply them daily until the water drains. There will be no repercussions to your septic system. Traditional chemical agents tend to thicken the material in a septic, possible causing damage as a result.
For more information, talk to a professional like Advanced Sewer & Drain Cleaning.
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