Taking a shower in slow draining water can be an uncomfortable experience. The standing water somewhat defeats the purpose of taking a shower versus a bath and you’ll have to wash the suds off of your feet before you step out. Enjoying a nice bath can end up being a frustrating experience as well with the slow draining water taking an hour or longer to make its way out of the bathtub.
Standing water in the bathtub also makes it difficult to clean. If it is not draining properly, as you clean your bathtub with water you will have to wait for it to drain each time you rinse it.
There are two reasons not to use chemicals to unclog your bathtub. The first reason is because chemicals can burn your skin if not properly rinsed out and since your bathtub is not draining properly this can be a major problem. They are also very dangerous if inhaled and your poorly draining bathtub will leave them standing in stagnant water, making their way into the air.
One of the most common occurrences of poor draining bathtubs is hair. Each time you take a bath or shower more and more hair clogs your drain and causes water to back up. It is recommended that you fish out this hair from your drain on a regular basis. If you don’t keep up with this it can cause bigger plumbing problems.
Sometimes you can simply use a plunger to free the clog from your pipes. This is a quick fix that might only be needed once, but if it has to be done on a regular basis then you need to have your plumbing looked at.
If your slow draining bathtub is on a lower level of your house, another suggestion would be to use a hose pipe to pump water into your bathtub’s pipe with greater force. This may be able to dislodge what is blocking the water from exiting the tub.
If your bathtub has all of a sudden stopped draining out of nowhere it is less likely that it is a buildup of hair and soap scum. Generally, with a buildup you’ll see a gradual change in the amount of time it takes water to drain from your bathtub. When draining stops out of thin air you most likely have another problem on your hands.
When your bathtub won’t drain it may, at the same time, fill with unpleasant smelling water. This could be the cause of a backed up sewer and should be investigated immediately before it causes bigger problems. If a sewer backup causes water to pump back into your bathtub it could also do the same to other showers, tubs and sinks throughout your house.
As mentioned above, having an issue with your bathtub draining slowly every so often doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a major plumbing problem on your hands. Sometimes the simplest unclogging trick can get your bathtub back up to speed. If however, you’re experiencing plumbing problems on a regular basis, even after trying home remedies to fix them, you need to give us a call and let us come take a look at the problem.