What To Do When Your Bathtub Drain Gets Clogged

Have you noticed lately that when you take a shower, you find yourself standing in a couple of inches of water? This is a sure sign your drain is clogged or backed up. How do you know if you can fix it yourself or when you should call the plumbing professionals?

Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands

If you want to take matters into your own hands, there are a few things you can try. If you or members of your family have a lot of hair, chances are that is the culprit. Simply purchase a plumbing snake or drain snake at your local hardware store or retail outlet. Put the snake down your drain and pull it back up. If gobs of hair comes up with it, your problem is solved. If you don't have time or money to purchase a drain snake, you can try using a bent wire hanger. If it's not hair clogging your drain, you can also try the following:

  • Pour hot water down the drain (but not boiling water)
  • Baking soda and vinegar
  • Toilet plunger
  • Shop vacuum
  • Drano

If your tub no longer fills with water while you're taking a shower, congratulations! You were able to unclog your own drain. However, if it continues to clog or the water is slow to drain, it is best to call a plumbing professional.

Using Plumbing Services

If you choose to go the professional route, there are some things you will want to keep in mind regarding who to call to unclog your drain. For instance, it is good to know there are three classes of plumbers. Each class of plumber has a certain number of years of training. If the job seems relatively simple, it would be fine to hire an apprentice or journeyman plumber. If you want a plumber who can do any kind of plumbing job and has the most experience, you will want to find a master plumber.

Besides having the skills and experience, plumbers should also be licensed. Most states have their own requirements for licensing. For instance, in the state of New York, licensing is done locally, not by the state. Requirements in this state vary from city to city. In New York City, only master plumbers require licensing. Other states that have different licensing laws include,

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Pennsylvania
  • Wyoming

Along with being licensed, plumbers should also be bonded and insured so they can cover the cost of accidents that might occur on your property while they are at work. Getting references or checking for online reviews are also good ideas when searching for a reputable plumber.

For more information and advice, contact a business such as Jim Dhamer Plumbing & Sewer, Inc.