Help! My Tap Water is Brown
Want to know how to easily fix these blockages? Read on!
Before you begin…
Did you know that bathtubs actually have two drains, not one? You’ve likely never taken much notice of the second drain, which is called the overflow drain. While your normal drain is situated at the bottom of the tub, the overflow drain sits higher in your tub near the faucet. The purpose of this drain is to help drain out water if there is ever a case of the tub over-filling and over-flowing.
Why do you need to know this? Well, if you’re trying to unclog your drain with a plunger and don’t take this into consideration, you may have some issues. This is because the plunger method relies on the suction power in order to help unclog your drain. This works well if there is only one open airway. However, because the tub has a second airway, when you go to plunge the main drain, the overflow reduces the suction power needed to unclog your drain.
They key to fixing this?
Make sure you plug up your overflow drain before proceeding!
Unclogging with a plunger
- Remove the drain stopper – depending on what type of stopper you have, you may have to unscrew it or wiggle it back and forth while pulling it out.
- Use hot water and fill your bathtub up about 2-5cm deep. The reason we use hot water is because it helps to effectively dislodge and dissolve soap and other debris from the pipes inside.
- Place the plunger over the drain and make sure that the plunger cup seals tightly against the cup surface.
- Pump the plunger quickly and forcefully down and up (making sure that the seal to the bathtub stays in tact). Do this about 5-6 times.
- On the final pump, pull the plunger all the way up and break the seal. This will pull the clog and water up and release it quickly, and hopefully will loosen and dislodge the blockage.
- If it is not fixed the first time, repeat this until the clog clears.
Unclogging with a drain snake
This is another easy way you can quickly remove things close to the drain that may be causing blockage such as hair. Simply remove the strainer and the stopper in the drain and insert the drain snake to catch any debris and hair.
Unclogging with drain clearing chemicals
Stores are likely to sell chemical drain cleaners that clear your drains using potassium hydroxide or sulfuric acid. Make sure you take note of what material your internal pipes are before you go into the store to buy the product. When choosing which product to purchase, pick one that is suitable for your pipe material and is specifically for cleaning bathtubs. Follow the instructions carefully.
Did any of these tips help you?