How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain (the Easy Way)

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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 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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  • Jennell Jackson Harbert Jennell Jackson Harbert on Jun 04, 2017
    The handle that drains the water keep popping up and not letting the water drain out the tub

  • Kim Beaudoin Kim Beaudoin on Sep 20, 2017
    can the drain button that stops ups the bathtub or releases water, can it be fixed by doing this?

  • Christine Christine on Sep 21, 2020

    My plunger is stuck in the middle. Only half the water goes to the shower. The other half out the faucet and drain is slow. I removed the cover plate and can not pull the chain. it is stuck and rusty and I don't want it to break even though it does not work. Only way to keep water in tub is with a rubber stopper. What can I do?

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