How to Fix Clogged Bathroom Drain Plugs

hair removed from drain
What You'll Need
Plumber's snake
Wire coat hanger or other length of flexible, sturdy wire

Bathroom drains can become clogged quite easily. When they do, you're faced with an unsanitary and unpleasant bathroom. Drains can be clogged by a variety of objects, most commonly hair. Follow these steps to remove any clog.

Step 1 - Gather Your Materials

Because unclogging a bathroom drain may take a few different steps or approaches, it is best to have all of the tools on-hand before you begin. Depending upon the type of drain and the severity of the clog, you may need everything.

Step 2 - Examine the Drain for Signs of Blockage

The first step towards unclogging a bathroom drain is to examine it closely for signs of blockage. In some cases, the object preventing water from flowing properly is easy to spot without opening up the drain. If that is the case, use the wire coat hanger to remove as much of the blockage as possible.

Step 3 - Use a Plunger

If a wire coat hanger is insufficient to remove the clog, a plunger can help to dislodge it.

Step 4 - Use a Plumber's Snake

If the previous methods do not unclog your drain, you may have to resort to a plumber's snake. Snakes are typically available in lengths up to 25 feet and work by winding through the drain pipe, forcibly dislodging any buildup or blocks along the way.

Push the plumber's snake through the main drain outlet. Use a screwdriver to remove the faceplate on the lever system above bath drains. Run the snake through the bathtub overflow pipe. Be sure to follow the instructions on the plumber's snake carefully to avoid damaging the pipe.

Most snakes require that you twist them as you push through the pipe. Be prepared for a bit of resistance as you push the snake through the piping, especially when you reach the blockage. Once you've reached the end of the pipe, withdraw the snake from the pipe and ensure that you have collected all of the blockage.