Unclog A Twist-Down Bath Drain

Does your tub start filling up with sudsy, dirty water as you take your shower? Does it take several minutes for the tub to fully drain? If so, the problem may be that you have a clog that obstructs the flow of water out of your tub. If you don't take steps to remove the clog, it can completely block the flow of water out of your tub. If you know what you are doing, you can take care of the problem on your own.

Gathering Your Tools

The first thing you will need to do is gather all necessary tools. Don't worry, the list isn't that long:

1. Channel-lock pliers.

2. Needle-nose pliers.

3. Trashcan.

4. Plunger.

5. Screwdriver.

The Method

Once you have gathered your tools, you can get started with unclogging your drain. Follow these steps:

1. Your drain will have a disk that settles down over your drain, and a knob on top of this disk that you use to raise and lower the stopper. Grip the disk with your hand and then turn the knob to unscrew it. If you can't get the knob to budge, use the channel-locks to grip the disk and then try again. Be careful so that you don't damage the finish on the stopper. 

2. Place the knob to one side where you can easily find it when you need it again.

3. You will find a screw underneath the knob. Use the screwdriver to remove the screw and place it with the knob. 

4. You can now remove the disk and place it to one side. 

5. Use the needle-nose pliers to dig out any hair that is caught in the housing around your drain. Be thorough even if the job is gross.

6. Once you have removed as much hair as you can, turn on the faucet in your tub until you have enough water  to create a seal around your plunger. 

7. Use the plunger an your drain several times to remove any remains of the clog that might still remain. Keep the water running for several minutes to push the clog far down the drain.

8. Reassemble the stopper.  

If you have the necessary tools, you should be able to complete the steps described above in under half an hour. On the other hand, if you don't have the right tools, you try the steps described above and your drain still won't flow properly, or for any other reason you feel like you are in over your head, call in a plumber for help.