How to Make a Tub Drain Faster

If your tub is not draining fast enough, you likely have an obstruction in the drain, restricting the normal water flow.

The clog can be a result of built-up hair or soap scum. There are a few ways to return your tub to normal drainage, depending on how tough and deep the obstruction is. For light clogs, a few household items may do the trick. For particularly tough clogs, you may need a plumber's snake.

Pour 1 cup of baking soda, followed by 1 cup of vinegar down the tub drain. Cover the drain. The solution will fizz up and eat away at the obstruction slowing your tub drain. After 15 minutes, pour 1 gallon of boiling water down the drain to clear it out. Repeat if the drain remains slow.

Use a commercial unclogging solution. Commercial solutions include chemicals that help to dissolve and break apart the obstructions, offering a stronger unclogging solution than the homemade solution. The directions will vary, but typically, the solution is poured directly down the drain and must set for at least 15 minutes before washing away with warm tap water.

Use a plumber's snake to dislodge the obstruction. A plumber's snake (or auger) is a steel cable that extends down the drain (via a hand crank) to push through or pull out the obstruction that is cause your tub to drain slowly. Depending on the type of drain your tub has, it may be difficult to snake the cable down the drain.

Things You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Boiling water
  • Unclogging solution
  • Plumber's snake

About the Author

J.S. Copper began writing professionally in 2008, specializing in technology, running and health-related topics. He has worked with a handful of technology websites providing tutorials, tips and tricks. Prior to writing, Copper worked in Web design