If your bathtub's drain has started to slow down, you may suspect that hair has accummulated in the pipe and has created a blockage. If so, use the following guide to remove the hair clog without using any harsh chemical drain cleaners:
Step 1: Pull Out as Much Hair as Possible
The first step in clearing out your bathtub's drain is to manually remove as much hair as possible. Over time, hair can form a tight ball in your drain's trap. When this happens, the ball then starts to accumulate soap scum, dirt, and other debris, making the blockage grow even more.
To remove the main hairball, start by taking out your drain's plug. Then, use the end of a coat hanger or other thick wire, and insert it into the drain until you feel resistance. Then, turn the wire a few times, and pull it straight out.
If you do not pull out the hair clog, repeat the process a few more times. Once you have removed the majority of the hair, proceed to the second step.
Step 2: Treat the Drain with Baking Soda and Vinegar
This step uses the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar to treat the drain and remove any residual hair, soap scum, and debris left along the walls of the pipe. For this step, you will need a half of a cup each of baking soda and white distilled vinegar.
Pour the baking soda down the drain first. Then, follow with the vinegar. Once the ingredients mix with each other, you may see them foam up and out of the drain.
Let the mixture sit for about an hour to give the ingredients a chance to work. Then, go on to the next step.
Step 3: Rinse with Boiling Water
Now that the hair and other parts of the clog have been loosened by the treatment, it is time to rinse the ingredients and the clog down the drain. You can do this by using a cup of boiling water, which will further loosen the blockage and rinse the sides of the pipes clean.
After bringing the water to a boil, carefully and quickly pour it straight down the drain. Then, turn your hot water spigot on, and let it run for a couple of minutes to fully flush the drain and pipe.
Even after using the above guide, you may still find that you still have a slow bathtub drain, especially if the clog is deep within the pipe. Contact a plumbing company like Coastal Plumbing Inc. who specializes in drain cleaning services to have them look at your drain and discuss options for removing the clog and cleaning out your pipes before your tub stops draining completely.