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How to Unclog Bathtub Drains with Standing Water

If you are dealing with a lot of standing water in your bathtub after every shower or bath, then you likely have a clogged bathtub drain. It is vital to unclog your bathtub drain as soon as possible because standing water can create more problems for your plumbing system down the line. The plumbing professionals from JD Service Now have put together some tips on how to help unclog your bathtub if it isn't draining.

How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain with Standing Water

  • Remove any visible blockages from your drain - The first thing you should do to unclog your drain is remove all visible blockage. We advise wearing gloves if you’re going to be making contact with all muck that’s gathered in your bathtub’s drain. Many tub clogs are caused by hair, soap scum, and other bathroom products. It is normal for big hairballs to accumulate in your drain, and they are often visible. After doing this, you should check if the water drains from your tub faster.
  • Plunge your bathtub - If removing the visible blockage didn’t do the trick, then the next step is to plunge your bathtub drain. You can do this by taking a screwdriver and removing the overflow cover that is usually located under the faucet. You should inspect the coil and remove any dirt. Once you remove the overflow over, take a rag and place it in the overflow opening. The purpose is to prevent air from escaping when you use the plunger. Then you can start plunging but be sure to give it time and effort to work. You will know it’s working once you hear the water drain. If this process is successful, you should run hot water through your drain to clear any remaining residue.
  • Use a plumbing snake - If none of the tips above are successful, you should use a plumbing snake to fix the problem. If you aren’t sure how to use a plumbing snake, skip this step and call a professional to fix the issue. If you are familiar with using a plumbing snake, then you should insert it into the opening from the overflow cover. You should then feed the snake through the hole until you feel a pushback or resistance in the pipe. Once you feel resistance, turn the snake counter clockwise to snake it into the clog. If the clog falls apart, then you can pull the clog out from the overflow opening.

Count on JD Service Now

While most homeowners run out to their local hardware store and buy harmful chemicals to unclog drains, it’s usually safer to call the professional shower drain cleaning services from JD Service Now. We respond quickly to your call, and we use Hydro-Jetting technology to clear clogs without harmful chemicals or dangerous tools. Our method uses high-pressure water to clear out any hair clogs, soap scum, or hard water materials that could build up in your blocked shower drain.


Call JD Service Now at (919) 626-3626 or contact us online for help with getting rid of the standing water in your bathtub!


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