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Jun 06, 2024

A clogged bathtub drain means you can’t bathe or shower, rendering the entire fixture unusable. This can disrupt your daily routine and cause a lot of headaches, making it a problem you'll want to tackle right away.

Here at Express Plumbing & Rooter, we specialize in cleaning and repairing all types of drains, including bathroom drains, kitchen drains, toilet drains, and outdoor drains. We understand what it takes to keep your drains flowing smoothly. When you’re in need of drain cleaning or sewer line cleaning, we are one phone call away.

This guide outlines some of the effective ways to unclog a bathtub drain. When in doubt, always consult with a professional plumbing repair service for help.

  • Remove Obvious Obstructions

First things first, check the drain stopper itself. Hair, soap scum, and other debris can easily get caught there. Simply remove the stopper and clean away any buildup.

  • Pour Boiling Water Down The Drain

Sometimes, a simple blast of hot water can clear a minor clog. Boil a kettle of water and carefully pour it down the drain. The heat can help melt soap scum and loosen any buildup. When using boiling water, be careful to avoid scalding yourself.

  • Clean the Drain with Baking Soda and Vinegar

This combination comes in handy for clearing minor clogs caused by soap scum. Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar. The mixture will fizz as it reacts, helping to break down the clog. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then flush with hot water. Be sure to wear gloves when handling baking soda and vinegar.

  • Use a Plunger

If the clog persists, a plunger can be a powerful tool. Use a sink plunger, which is designed for flat surfaces, unlike a toilet plunger. Fill the tub with enough water to cover the plunger head, and then plunge vigorously for 15-20 seconds. Release, refill, and repeat until the clog breaks free.

  • Try a Plumber’s Snake

For stubborn clogs deeper in the pipes, a plumber's snake can help. This long, flexible metal cable can reach deep into the drain and break up clogs. If you're not comfortable using a snake yourself, consider calling a plumber.

If you've attempted all these methods and your bathtub remains clogged, the issue might lie beyond your bathtub itself. Sewer line clogs can cause slow drainage in multiple fixtures throughout your house, not just the bathtub. In this case, it's advisable to call sewer repair experts to diagnose and address the problem before it creates a bigger mess. Here at Express Plumbing & Rooter, we pride ourselves on providing dependable sewer line services, including sewer line cleaning and replacement. Our professional plumbers are equipped with specialized cameras to perform an accurate inspection of your sewer pipes and provide you with a reliable solution.

Contact Express Plumbing & Rooter for Help Clearing Clogged Drains

Express Plumbing & Rooter is the name you can trust when you’re in need of professional drain cleaning services. In addition to clogged drain line repair, we offer a wide range of sewer line services, including video pipe inspection, trenchless sewer line replacement, and many more. Get in touch with Express Plumbing & Rooter for all your sewer line needs.

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Absolutely outstanding service.They were super professional, responsive, prompt, and knowledgeable. I'll definitely call them when something 'breaks' again. Highly recommend this! Such a great company, they did their job very well & were very nice workers, I recommend this company if you have a plumbing problem.

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Mike FloresAnaheim, CA

Very professional, honest and clean plumbers. They changed my sewer line in 2 days and their pricing was very reasonable. Thank you. I strongly recommend Express Plumbing & Rooter to anyone in the area looking to hire a local plumber.  I will use them as well in the future if I need a plumbing company again.

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Marcus AureliusLos Angeles, CA

Let me tell you folks what I went through last night after I came home from a party I walked in my bathroom and saw the bathtub and toilet overflowing with black water so I immediately went online and found a company this company was express plumbing and router the girl on the phone was really really friendly and nice she assured me that my problem will be solved and I should have no worries the technician will be arriving in 60 to 90 minutes she told me well that was true because he was here in 45 minutes  The technician came and unclog the drain for only amazing $55 when he came in to my house he was wearing booties so he said would not dirty my carpet that's a plus because I have white carpets in my house I would really recommend this company to my family and friends and whoever has a plumbing problem thank you express plumbing and rooter.

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John KanondzhyanManhattan Beach, CA

Lifesavers! I had a problem and needed someone to come down as soon as possible. They came and checked out the problem within the hour. They explained everything that had happened and fixed it so quick before all my guests had arrived! It was such a last minute problem and Im so glad Express was able to come fix the situation for such an amazing price!!

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Stella BCovina, CA

I made an appointment from 11a-12p this morning. I called at 10:50am to confirm the appointment was still happening. The girl on the other end said the plumber will arrive soon. They are on time and prompt. Thanks Express Plumbing And Rooter Service Los Angeles, California.

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Frank EvansAnaheim, CA

Left a review a few days ago on Yelp. Not sure what happened with the other review experiences here but my experience was great. They were very professional. I went there discussed my plumbing needs and they explained all the charges. Made an appointment and they came and fixed my plumbing. The whole thing went smoothly and I recommend them!

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