Taking a shower with a slow-draining tub is far from being a luxury. Within a minute or two of showering, you will find yourself ankle-deep in sudsy, dirty water. Unfortunately, if you have a lift-and-turn stopper, accessing your drain to deal with the clog can be intimidating. Armed with a little know-how, however, you should be able to take care of your drain in a matter of minutes.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar are two chemicals that nearly every chef should have in their pantry. While they can be helpful in making recipes, they can also be helpful when cleaning your home. Baking soda is gritty, and it can help to scrub your drain clean. When cleaning a drain, pour about a half cup of baking soda down your drain, then chase the baking soda with a half cup of vinegar. Have a stopper handy to plug your drain. When combined, baking soda and vinegar create a lot of gas, and when you plug your drain, the gas will build up in the drain and help to push any clogs you have down the drain.
Take Apart Your Stopper
If you try baking soda and vinegar to no effect, then you need to take more drastic measures to get your drain running properly. Use these steps:
1. Loosen the knob on the top of your drain. If you can't loosen the knob by hand, use a pair of channel-lock pliers to remove the knob.
2. Under the knob, you will find a screw, which you will need to remove in order to disassemble your stopper.
3. With the stopper out of the way, you should be able to access your drain. Use a pair of needle-nose pliers to grab wads of hair and whatever else may be clogging your drain.
5. Once you have removed all of the clog that you can access with your pliers, use a plunger to force the rest of your clog down the drain. Make sure you put a little bit of water in your tub so that you get a good seal with the plunger.
6. Once your drain is running properly, put your stopper back together, and you are done.
A lift-and-turn stopper cannot be as easily removed as some other tub stoppers. You might think that it is permanent if you are not used to working on plumbing fixtures. On the other hand, if you know what you are doing, you should have no problem removing your stopper to clean your drain.
You could try this out, but contact a professional plumber if you think you cannot do this alone or continue to have problems.