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How to Snake a Tub Drain (Not What You Think)

Did ever happened to you that you’ve taken a nice relaxing bath and just after you’ve finished, you suddenly became distressed because the water just refused to go away?

Unfortunately, it was the reason I stopped doing long baths. Simply, I had no patience to wait for the water to go away, and if I didn’t, the dirt would collect at the bottom of the bathtub.

I knew it was all about the clogged pipe, but there was no way to unclog it. I have tried with the plunger and with some chemicals, but it didn’t help.

Luckily, my neighbour who was a plumber before retirement came over and gave me some free on how to snake my tub drain, after which I solved the problem with my tub.

Today, I will share my experience with you.

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How to Clear a Clogged Tub Drain Naturally (No Chemicals!)

I am sure you are all familiar with that feeling when you’re taking a shower and after a few minutes end up having a bath in a half-dirty water, because the drain pipe didn’t do its job. Then you get even more frustrated because you have to clean and try to unclog the pipe.

Now, if people are in a hurry, they tend just to use one of the products meant for cleaning drain pipes, but no matter how safe they may be, they are still based on chemicals, which sometimes can be dangerous to have and use, especially if you have little children.

There are, however, more natural ways to unclog the pipes by using the stuff we all have in our household. In this text, we will present some of those ways to you, so strap in and let’s begin!

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How to Unclog a Shower Drain

Clogged drains are certainly at the top of the least interesting chores you have to finish! However, pretending that the problem doesn’t exist won’t magically make it disappear, which is why you need to be actionable and creative in thinking.

Calling the plumber certainly is the simplest solution to do, but… Why spend more money, when you can save it by trying to fix the issue yourself?

There are many simple tips which proved to be helpful, so here comes the practical list of ways how to unclog a shower drain.

As you will see, the ingredients and objects used to fix the problems are mainly those found in every household. Even if you have to buy some of them, they are a certainly cheaper option than calling the plumber. Moreover, you can borrow them, which also puts them on the list of budget-friendly options.

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How to Snake a Shower Drain Easily and Effectively

Why choose snaking over other unclogging methods?

As previously mentioned, the shower drains normally are 1 ½ inches to 2 inches wide, and for that reason, you cannot put anything wider than 1 ½ inches in it. Therefore you cannot reach the dirt by any other method.

If the dirt is ingrained, you cannot unclog it by simpler methods, like plungers or the chemical fluids. Also, the plunger requires more strength than the snaking device.

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How to Snake a Toilet without a Snake

A clogged toilet can be a difficult problem for anyone, especially when they are expecting guests, and they need to act fast. This actually happened to me for the last Thanksgiving and luckily I knew just the right thing to do. The automatic snake I have is actually made for the pipes only up to 2 inches and it is suggested not to use it on the pipes wider than that.

Since I spent some money on this household item, I am willing to keep it in order so the guarantee can be applied in case it broke by any chance. Thus, when my toilet clogged I had to apply some other methods on my toilet pipe that is 4 inches wide. Not to mention that any plumber would charge me more for the holidays.

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How to Use a Manual Drain Auger

Having a blocked drain pipe can be very annoying. All the dirty water just won’t go away and all the cleaning you have to do after your plumber made a mess repairing it. All of this can be very stressing, not to mention it can also be time and money consuming.

Therefore, people tend to do their own cleaning of the clogged pipes. There are several methods you can use to do it by yourself, from homemade string hooks to using a soda.

But when neither of those methods actually give any positive effects, the next best way you can use to clear out your drain pipe is to use a drain auger, otherwise called drain or plumber snake.

In further text, we will explain what drain auger is, what types of augers are available out there and how and when to use them.

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Toilet Auger vs Snake: What’s the Difference and Which Tool to Use?

Having at least one drain cleaning tool is essential to every household. You never know when a toilet or a sink is going to act up, and where will you be when it finally does and you don’t have anything to fix it?

In this article, let’s discuss the two most useful draining tools today: toilet augers and snakes, and why you need at least one of them in your house.

When I was in college, sharing a room with three other young people who have no concept of housekeeping, you could only find an old plunger in our tool closet. Fortunately, we only had to use it a few times during our four-year stay at the university.

Fast forward a few years, I got married and bought a house for a three-member family. Obviously, I had to have more than a plunger in my tool arsenal – especially with a kid who loved to flush his toys down the toilet.

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Toilet Fills Up Then Drains Slowly: Causes & Solutions

Considering the number of times we flush the toilet each day, and the kind of material that gets flushed down the drains, you can expect your toilet to experience some kind of problem at some point.

When I was a bachelor living on my own in a new-ish apartment complex, I had a few plumbing problems that were either caused by the previous tenants or my own carelessness (hint: flushing things that shouldn’t be disposed of in the toilet).

At some point in time, one of these problems was my toilet filling up then draining slowly. Of course, the first instinct was to go at it with a plunger. But being a young bachelor with little to no house repair experience, plunging the toilet didn’t always work.

Luckily, I’ve gone a long way from being a clueless bachelor poorly dealing with his own plumbing problems. In this article, I’m going to share with you the tips and tricks on how to fix a toilet that is not flushing properly, particularly a toilet that fills up then drains slowly.

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Toilet Flushes Slowly and Incompletely: Causes and Solutions

It takes just two things to keep a toilet flushing properly: enough water in the toilet tank, and a clear drainpipe with no blockages at all.

If you happen to lack any or both of these requirements, then your toilet is bound to act up. For example, it can flush slowly and incompletely, causing great inconvenience to you and whoever uses the toilet.

This problem is the most common one I encounter in other people’s houses and in my own. Toilets that are flushing slowly and incompletely are not only annoying, but they can also cause overflow or cause further damage to the toilet. It certainly did cost me a few hundred dollars in plumbing bills when I wasn’t aware of DIY fixes yet.

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Toilet Flushes Slow but Not Clogged: How to Remedy It

A toilet that flushes slow but is not clogged can be quite frustrating. Weak or slow water movement can fail to create an effective flush.

In a normally functioning toilet, the rapid water movement creates a suction inside the pipe, which serves as the actual flush that pulls down all waste material down the drain. If your toilet is not flushing completely, then waste material may be backed up in the bowl or you may be using more water than usual.

Are you having the same annoying problem with your toilet? In this article, we will talk about the possible home remedies if a toilet flushes slow but is not clogged.

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