You can’t beat unwinding in the bath after a long day. However, if you discover that dirty water hasn’t drained away from your last bath, this can kill the mood a little.
But, the good news is that there are many quick and natural ways to remove a bath clog. Bath and shower blockages are often caused by a build up of soap scum, hair, grease and dirt. Let’s take a look at a few simple, DIY ways to get things moving again.
A natural and simple way to unblock a bath is to use a plunger. To get started with this method, place the plunger over the plug hole. Next, fill the tub with hot water to create an air tight seal over the drain. Start to move the plunger up and down with a steady rhythm. This pressure should start to release the clog. After a few minutes, remove the plunger and check that the water is draining properly.
For some bath clogs, hot water and a stick should be an effective way to get things moving again. All you need to do is boil a kettle full of water and pour it down the drain. This should loosen any hair and grime build up and you can use a thin stick to poke clumps of hair up and out of the plughole. Pour another kettle of hot water down the plughole to wash any lingering debris away.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
Another natural fix for bath clogs is using a combination of vinegar and baking soda. To begin, pour half a cup of baking soda into the drain and follow that with a full cup of vinegar. Let the mixture sit for at least 15 minutes. To finish, pour a whole kettle of boiling water down the plughole, to wash away any remaining debris. This is one of the best natural unblocking methods for mild clogs and it’s an effective odour remover.
Is your pesky bath clog refusing to budge? This may mean that you have a blockage further down in the drain. An effective method to remove deep blockages is using a drain snake. Insert the snake into the drain until you feel resistance and then start twisting the snake to grab hold of any debris. Pull the snake out and pour hot water down the drain to wash any bits away.
Call a Plumber
If your DIY bath unblocking efforts have failed, it’s time to call in a local qualified plumber. Experienced plumbers have the skill and tools to remove any blockage, deep down in your plumbing system. They can even clean out your pipes to ensure another blockage won’t happen again anytime soon! Call Sweeney’s Plumbing today on 0418 211977 for a free cost estimate.