There is no worse feeling than stepping into the shower only to see the dirty water rising around your ankles when the drain is open. A clogged bathtub is harder to clear than a clogged sink or toilet, so taking steps to prevent bathtub clogs is a wise decision.
Hair and Other Particles
The most common cause of bathtub clogs is hair and other particles from the human body. As you bathe, hairs, skin flakes, dirt, and other small particles pass through the drain and out of the home. However, these particles can combine with soaps and other cleansers and create a thick, messy goop that can easily clog the tub drain.
Consider using a drain trap if one will fit into your tub drain, or consult a plumber about new drains you could install in your tub that would fit a straining device. These devices help keep large particles from entering your drainpipe by trapping them above the drain while allowing water to pass into the pipe. Once the strainer is full, simply empty it into the trash.
Backups in the Main Water Line
Sometimes a bathtub clog is due to an issue with the tub’s drainage system into your home’s sewer line. When this occurs, you can no longer rely on store-bought drain clearing products and will need the help of a professional plumber. Since tub drains typically sit lower than sinks and other drains in a home, backups in the main line can cause wastewater from these other drains to collect in the tub, an unsightly, frustrating, and ultimately hazardous situation.
Professional plumbers can employ a number of tactics to clear a sewer line, including high-pressure jets of water, strong chemicals that disintegrate large clogs, or even replacing damaged sections of pipe which prevent proper drainage into the sewer system. If you notice your bathtub starting to drain more slowly or collecting water during showering, it is best to call a plumber before the situation worsens.