Sometimes unclogging a bathtub can be as simple as using a toilet plunger on the drain in order to get the water flowing again. The best way to do this is as follows:
- Wear some rubber boot if you have them in order to prevent slippage. It wouldn’t hurt to wear eye-goggles either to prevent dirty water from getting into your eyes.
- Remove any standing water using a bucket or cup.
- Remove the strainer or stopper that may be in the drain. This can usually be done using a screwdriver.
- Add a few inches of water to the tub. You will need this for the plunging-suction action.
- Use your toilet plunger to push and pull liquid into the blocked area. This action can often loosen the material that is causing the drain clog.
- If any debris comes back into the tub, make sure to remove it.
- Repeat sever times until the drain is moving water again.
If this does not work then you can try using a snake or auger. This device comes in handy when it is time to get at really tough blockages. Many blockages are caused by a combination of hair and soap residue. The auger will punch right through that type of clog.
If the methods above do not work, you may need to call a professional plumber. There could be a bigger issue at hand and the sooner your plumber can diagnose this problem the better.