How to Fix a Slow Draining Tub?

If you’re looking for easy ways to fix a slow draining tub, you’re in the right place!

You took a shower and then you see that the standing bathtub water takes forever to drain.

So irritating and frustrating!! Yeah, I get that feeling too.

What happens is that the draining system of your bathtub gets clogged after a while with hair, dirt and soap fragments, restricting natural water flow, and thus you experience the slow draining tub. It gets worse if not fixed.

However, to fix this problem, it is not always necessary to call in a plumber. Fixing the slow draining tub isn’t as hard as you think and if you follow my detailed guide, you should be able to do it in some quick, easy, and inexpensive ways using some affordable tools.

But remember, fixing is one thing, and preventing it from happening again is something you need to keep in mind so that you won’t have to do this gross task of getting rid of gross buildups ever again.

Below I’ve outlined several ways for how to fix a slow draining tub and some preventive methods.

Methods to Fix a Slow Draining Tub

1. Natural Remedy

This should be the most inexpensive and easy natural remedy for clogged bathtub and slow draining issues. But remember it only works for minor and weak blockages and clogs.

This should clear out any weak clogging and blockage. If not, then try out method #2.

Note: Benefit of this natural remedy is that it is, well you guessed it right; it’s natural! And it is non-corrosive to the plastic pipes down the tub.

2. Using Chemical Drain Cleaners

This method is probably the easiest method of all but it requires you to purchase the chemical clog remover from any hardware store or the supermarket.

Chemical clog removers are manufactured for unclogging your tub drainage system from tough-to-remove buildups and clogs. All you need to do is to get the chemical clog remover and read the instruction on the tag or the package cautiously.

Note: Even though this might be the easiest solution, this method is a bit dangerous if proper care is not taken while using it. Also, repeated use may harm the draining piping system as these chemicals are corrosive.

Using commercially available chemical clog removers is fast, effortless, and easy and it is one of the most effective and widely used methods as well.

3. Using a Plunger

You may prompt to use this method without even thinking about it too much. However, this solution is dependent on the severity of the blockage, how deep into the piping system the block occurred.

A plunger works utilizing suction. Therefore, if the blockage is deep beneath the tub stopper, this method might be ineffective.

Note: This method is one of the least expensive methods but it is physically a bit challenging.

4. Check and inspect the drain plug

If the above methods didn’t work for you, then this might be the least expected way to try and remove the clog.

Why is it the least expected?

Well, this might be gross!

If the above method solves the problem, you’re done. If not, then try method #5.

5. Plumbers’ Snake

After trying out method number 4 and still unsuccessful with slow draining tub, try using a plumber’s snake which is readily available in hardware stores or supermarkets.

Note: If none of the above methods worked in clearing out the clog and fixing the slow draining tub issue, then the last and the most expensive but the easiest resort is to call in a plumber to do the work for you.

6. Seek a Professional Help

If you’re grossed out to do it yourself or simply don’t have the time, or if you’ve tried all of the above methods and failed, then the problem may be something more serious down in the piping system where it isn’t easy to reach; in this case, you may seek a plumber’s help.

How to Fix a Slow Draining Bathtub Drain

Conclusion of How to Fix a Slow Draining Tub

The above methods should help you unclog your bathtub and fix the slow draining issue. But it is better to use preventive methods so that you can minimize the chance of getting the tub clogged again. Get a good drain protector to prevent hair and other small debris clogging the drain and also a locked soap case to prevent soap fragments to fall into the drain hole.


Because soap fragments itself get stuck in the drain stopper preventing water flow and also soap is good at combining dirt and hair to create a bigger lump of debris.

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