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How to Unclog a Slow Draining Bathtub

By: Danny Lipford

To unclog a slow draining tub, remove the assembly that opens and closes the drain, then use a drain stick to remove any hair or other material in the drain.

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A slow draining tub is often caused by hair and other gunk that clogs the assembly that opens and closes the drain, or clogs the P-trap beneath it. This flexible rod with bristles on the end is called a drain stick, and its ideal for pulling out that goop that slows the flow of water. Another option is to remove drain grate itself so you can reach the debris directly.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    June 18th, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Hi, Angie,
    Here’s some advice to remove those odors:
    Let us know how it goes!

  • Angie Says:
    May 11th, 2019 at 3:58 am

    My problem is an unpleasant odour coming through the overflow outlet in my bath. It can’t be blocked, I only bath in the minimum amount of water so the water that might occasionally get into the overflow might be when I clean the bath. The smell doesn’t seem to be coming through the bath plughole. I have a separate shower.
    Hoping you can suggest a remedy.

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 3rd, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Hi, Margaret,
    A drain stick is not a part of the bathtub itself; it’s a tool that can clear hair-related clogs in a P-trap or S-trap. You can purchase a drain stick at your local home center.
    Good luck!

  • Margaret Owen Says:
    May 3rd, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Where do I find drain stick. Away only 5 days and dripping hot tap I can’t turn off ( 87 year old widow living isolated and alone)

    Can’t clear drain so. Bath near overflowing flooding cottage. I can’t find a plumber. Either. Nearly drowning myself. Can’t rekease drain. Tried skewers. Screwdriver. Videos no good. Terrified.

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How to Unclog a Slow Draining Bathtub