How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain (the Easy Way)

15 Minutes

Clogged bathtub drains stink -- sometimes literally. This is a fix we can all do.
Recently I had to unclog my tenant's tub and decided to put together a video showing you how to do it. It's rather simple and will totally save you $79 to $100 in the process.
All you need are a screwdriver and needle nose pliers. And if for some reason this doesn't do the trick you can always ask me for more tips. Check out my step-by-step video by visiting
What's the single most effective strategy you've used to keep your bathtub clean and unclogged?
Let me know what's worked and what hasn't -- and please share as many specific details as possible :)
Thanks as always for your feedback and wonderful comments!!
How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain
Remove the overflow cover plate
Check the plunger for hair and debris
Remove the hair screen and use needle nose pliers to fish out hair - it's surprising what you'll find!!
Run the water for 5 minutes to ensure your pipes are unclogged
Check the seal between the overflow cover plate and your tub.

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  • Donna
    on May 30, 2017

    have very old tub, afraid to remove the drain thing since it really doesn't work great anymore, must kind of yank on it somewhat till I find a spot where I hold it to drain. Probably not good to remove it huh?
    • Lolo
      on Jun 13, 2018

      I had to hire a plumber to do that one for mine.

  • Jennell Jackson Harbert
    on Jun 5, 2017

    The handle that drains the water keep popping up and not letting the water drain out the tub
  • Kim Beaudoin
    on Sep 21, 2017

    can the drain button that stops ups the bathtub or releases water, can it be fixed by doing this?
    • Paul Vanden
      on May 12, 2019

      Yes!in most cases! It will be clogged with hair and other things that has made it down the drain

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