I’ve got to tell you about my adventures with my tub drain lately. I guess it must be bathroom week at The Creek Line House because last time I posted I showed you my new faucet and this morning I played around and took a bunch of pictures of my finished bathroom. Expect to see those soon!
So, my tub drain where Kennedy and I shower has been a little slow lately. That’s putting it mildly. By the time our showers would be over, there would be 8 inches of water in the tub and it would take something like 3 hours to drain. I tried cleaning out the hair from the drain of course, but no luck. I tried baking soda and vinegar, but no luck. I tried sticking a pencil down there to pierce the gunk like I used to do in our old house, but the way this drain is shaped didn’t allow for that.
Oh, and one more think. I’m really really deathly terrified of those nasty chemical plumbing liquids that you can get to clear drains. If I used one in just a random sink drain, I would be convinced I was dying from the fumes for the next 6 months. So the tub? Where we take baths? Not a chance.
So I put up with the 8 inches of water for a few more weeks.
I don’t know how or why, but suddenly one day, I think it was at dinner time, I remembered this special little tool we have. You may even have one too. Get this: It’s specifically made for clearing drains. Amazing, right? The only thing is, it’s usually used on a drain of a different kind.
That’s right, a plunger!!
OK, all the smarty pantses out there can just stop laughing now. If it took me this many years to realize this easy solution to my constant tub drain problems, I bet there are quite a few others out there just like me.
It was easy. And it did work. It literally only took me about 2.6 seconds to clear up this little problem. I was so excited that I ran and told Chris about my adventures. Turns out he’s one of those smarty pantses and didn’t understand my pure, unfiltered joy at this moment.
Anyway, here’s how it works!
Fill your tub with a couple of inches of water. Or just use the water trapped in there after your shower.
Remove any plugs or water stoppers and position the plunger over the drain. Push down, forcing air into the drain and creating suction to loosen the clog.
Watch your tub drain as quickly as the day it was first installed! Oops. Looks like it’s time to clean those orange water stains again. Well, the tub’s not pretty, but it sure works well!
That’s really all there is to it! Problem solved! I hope this helps some of my fellow clogged drain sufferers out there. I can’t wait to hear from all you people who have known about this for years and have been holding out on me too!