Drain Cleaning Tips – Bathroom Drains

Remember that hot water is your friend when unclogging drains. I always run a lot of hot water after cleaning drains. It flushes the loose debris out and melts the soap scum that catches hair. With shower drains I will usually get a 5 gallon bucket full of hot water from the nearby tub and dump it directly into the drain, with the strainer removed. When you do this, raise the bucket as high as you can and aim for the center of the drain. This is great for flushing out excess debris. (Remember this trick for floor drains.)

Cleaning the bathroom sink drain

  1. You always try your plunger first. Remember to plug the overflow at the top of the sink.
  2. If this doesn’t work, the next step is to remove the trap and disassemble the pop up assembly and remove any hair and debris. Use the following illustration as a guide. An easy way to remove debris is to remove the p-trap and pop up assembly pivot rod, roll toilet paper into a cylindrical wad and shove it through the tailpiece with a long screwdriver. Then put it all back together. Pop Up Assembly
  3. If these tricks don’t work, call your plumbers at Advocate Master Plumbing. We’ll take care of it for you.

Cleaning the bathtub drain

To unclog your tub drain you’ll need to have a different illustration.

The first step to cleaning a tub drain is removing the hair in the drain. A pair of needle nose pliers should do the trick here. Your drain may look a little different.

Bathtub Drains

The next step is to plunge the drain. Doing this is similar to your sink. Notice in the illustration that a damp cloth is being used to plug the overflow.

Tub Drain Clogs

The last thing you can do is call us. We’ll inspect, clean and test your drain. Sometimes it’s just better to call the professionals.

A shower drain is much simpler. Plunge the drain and use your needle nose pliers to remove the hair.

Shower Drains

I hope this has been helpful. When in doubt, call Advocate Master Plumbing.