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Before trying any drain-clearing methods on a plugged drain, check that the
tub's pop-up stopper is opening fully and is free of hair and debris. If the
stopper isn't the problem, then the drainpipe is probably clogged. First, try a
plunger or chemical drain cleaner.
If these fail to do the job, you'll have to clear the trap with a snake.
- Most tubs have a P trap in the drain. In some homes, the tub may have a
drum trap in the floor near the tub instead (it will have a removable metal
cover and a rubber gasket).
- Using a snake in a tub P trap is much like snaking out a sink trap. If
you have a drum trap, first try snaking it clear through the tub overflow.
- If that doesn't work, bailout all the standing water from the tub.
- Then, using an adjustable-end wrench, unscrew the trap cover slowly.
- Have rags ready for any water that wells up.
- Remove the cover, bail out and clean the trap.
- If, after this, water does not well up, snake toward he tub; if water
does well up, snake toward he main drain.
- If you can't reach the clog from the trap, it's probably deeper in he