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Blocked bath tub help

(18 Posts)
Nanderin Mon 27-Jul-20 08:48:20

My bath tub plug hole is blocked plunging hasn't worked.

aggie Mon 27-Jul-20 08:51:06

Is it full of water ? If you can get the water mostly out of it soda crystals can melt the obstruction , personally I would ring a Plumber

MawB Mon 27-Jul-20 08:54:23

Have you tried the unbent wire coat hanger thing to dislodge what is probably an accumulation of hair and soap?
Our girls used to refer to the black slime which came out as “dead kittens”

B9exchange Mon 27-Jul-20 09:08:33

I find a long crochet hook is good for fishing up the awful debris. Do I recall on another thread someone said they actually enjoyed doing this? shock

Maggiemaybe Mon 27-Jul-20 09:23:14

There are some really cheap long flexible wire gadgets on the market for dragging up the gunge. The sort of thing you wish you’d got already when you have a problem.

In fact, I’m off to order one now, just in case. It’ll probably cost about £1.50 and take six weeks to get here from Beijing.

Luckygirl Mon 27-Jul-20 09:26:53

When my shower does this it is because leaves are blocking the water trap on the outside wall - have you anything similar where you are?

Lucca Mon 27-Jul-20 09:33:30

My son is a world expert on unblocking plug holes as his wife has incredibly long back hair which moulds everywhere !!

Lucca Mon 27-Jul-20 09:34:20

Sorry pointless unhelpful post. I think I’ll report myself.

annodomini Mon 27-Jul-20 09:37:12

I'd be very cautious about trying to unblock it with a crochet hook or a straightened coat hanger. I tried it with a knitting needle and punctured the pipe underneath, causing a leak that penetrated through to the kitchen. Luckily I realised what I had done and quickly put the plug in and called the plumber who arrived surprisingly quickly.

Missfoodlove Mon 27-Jul-20 09:43:18

Drain buster.
Put in, leave rinse after an hour or so.
Cheaper than a plumber.

BlueBelle Mon 27-Jul-20 10:24:29

Remove water bit by big
Have a poke round with wire might be hair and come straight out
Soda crystals or some other commercial product

shysal Mon 27-Jul-20 10:24:52

The sink unblocker products work well. The bathroom ones dissolve hair and the kitchen ones work on grease. I have used the Mr Muscle one, which did the job.
Good luck!

Nortsat Mon 27-Jul-20 10:32:37

Mr Muscle Sink unblocked works a treat.

Good luck ...

Nortsat Mon 27-Jul-20 10:33:40

Sorry ‘unblocker’

DanniRae Mon 27-Jul-20 10:36:38

If you do the wire coat hanger thing (lucky you - yes I was one of the ones who said they enjoy it!) twist it around when it's down the plug hole and this catches more hair and gunge.
Good Luck!

Nanderin Mon 27-Jul-20 10:55:52

Thanks everyone think I might need a plumber but I will have another go plunging first

EllanVannin Mon 27-Jul-20 11:02:39

Don't forget to cover the air-space holes near the taps when you use the plunger or you'll be fighting a losing battle.

EllanVannin Mon 27-Jul-20 11:03:46

The overflow, I meant.