Snaking a Tub Drain

  • 01 of 07

    Clearing a Clogged Tub Drain

    Steve Hallo

    Tub drains are susceptible to clogs from hair, soap residue and grease. Clearing a clogged tub drain is a pretty straight process. You can usually tell how close the clog is by how fast the tub begins to back up. A Rigid K-50 motor driven snake is used in this step-by-step. However, the process is the same when using a hand snake.

    Continue to 2 of 7 below.
  • 02 of 07

    Remove the Over-Flow Plate

    Steve Hallo
    Loosen the screws and remove the over-flow plate. This will give you access to the tub's drain line.
    Continue to 3 of 7 below.
  • 03 of 07

    Insert the Snake

    Steve Hallo
    Insert the snake into the over-flow. If you are using a hand snake you will need to pull about 7-inches of cable out. Don't forget to tighten the set screw before cranking. Turn the snakes handle clockwise while feeding the cable into the drain.
    Continue to 4 of 7 below.
  • 04 of 07

    Run the Snake to the Clog

    Steve Hallo
    Continue to run the snake until you hit break the clog or push it into the main stack. When using a hand snake you will need to loosen the set screw, pull out more cable, reset the screw and continue cranking in a clockwise motion. Repeat this process until you hit the clog.
    Continue to 5 of 7 below.
  • 05 of 07

    Backing the Snake Out

    Steve Hallo
    Loosen the set screw and feed the cable back into the hand snakes barrel. If the cable does not come free tighten down the set screw and pull the snake back while turning the handle clockwise. Don't reverse the cranking direction, this could loosen the clog from the snakes head and leave it in the drain.
    Continue to 6 of 7 below.
  • 06 of 07

    Run Hot Water

    Steve Hallo
    Running hot water will clear out any remaining part of the clog that could have been left in the drain. It will also help clear out anything that you may have loosened up in the drain during the snaking portion.
    Continue to 7 of 7 below.
  • 07 of 07

    Clean Up

    Steve Hallo

    Clean off the snakes head in the tub to prevent dripping any dirty water around the bathroom. It is also important to clean off any black water that may have splashed onto surrounding walls or the tub. If allowed to dry it may stain surfaces.