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How To Unclog A Bathtub Drain
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A clogged bathtub drain can be cleared several ways. Most clogged bathtub drains can be cleared with a plunger or by removing and cleaning out the tub stopper. If after trying both of these your bathtub is still clogged, the next step is to use a snake to clear the drain.

A power snake with a 1/4" cable is the preferred choice for clearing a bathtub drain. You can rent a quality top snake or mini power snake at a tool rental place. Often the rental fee will be considerably less than what it would cost to call a plumber.

If this is your first time using a power snake, be sure to ask for an explanation on how to use it. Each model can be a little different and you will want to be familiar with the proper use and safety features of your particular model. Taking a few minutes to learn how to use it can make the job considerably easier.

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