A slow drain can be a real annoyance. The water goes down, but it can be maddeningly slow. If that slow drain is in your bathtub then it can cut down on how long your showers are.

If you are dealing with a slow drain there are things that you can do to help correct the problem. 

Fixing a Slow Drain in Your Bathtub

The most common culprit for slowing down a drain in your bathtub is hair. Even if no one living in your house has long hair, you can end up with hair slowing down your drain. When you wash your hair, even if it is short, strands will fall out, run down your drain, and start forming a hair mat. The first thing that you need to do to fix your slow drain is see if you can get to the hair that may be blocking it. 

If you look at the drain in your tub, you will probably see that it has a drain plate that is held on by two or three screws. You can remove those screws to get into the drain pipe. After you remove the drain plate, you may want to get some rubber gloves because your drain may be messy. Then you need to use something to get into the drain pipe and pull out the hair. There are several things that you can use here. One you can use is a wire hanger. Take the hanger, straighten it out, and then bend a small hook in one end. The hook that is already at the end of the hanger will be too big to go down your pipe. You can straighten it so that it isn't as curved or as wide and use that to fish out the hair. 

Getting Rid of the Build-Up 

After you have fished out all the hair you can reach, run some water in your tub. See if that has fixed the problem. If it hasn't, then you can use some drain cleaner to help deal with the problem. There may also be some buildup on the pipes, constricting how quickly the water can flow. If you don't want to use chemicals, you can use something like baking soda and vinegar. Pour some baking soda straight into your drain. Then pour some vinegar down the drain. Put something over the drain so that the resulting foam goes down into the drain, not up into your tub. Let it sit for a few minutes and then pour some very hot water down your drain. It may take a few tries to get your drain as fast as you want it to be. 

If you have a slow drain, you can work on getting it faster. If nothing you try works, it's time to call in a professional and let a plumber handle it for you. Check out sites like DBR Plumbing for more help.

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