Do not ignore slow-draining water in your shower, bathtub, or sink. Try and determine whether the problem is limited to one drain or is widespread. If you notice slow draining from other tubs, call a plumber immediately.

You may only have one problem. If that’s the case, you might be able to fix it by following these steps.

  1. Remove the drain stopper to determine the source of the blockage.
  2. You can remove visible clogs with your hands, pliers, or a wire coat hanger.
  3. If you can’t reach the blockage, run hot water down your drain. Only if the pipes are made from metal and not PVC.
  4. A plunger can be used to clear the blockage. It is a cup-shaped plunger with a flat, wider rim. You can also find them in different sizes. They won’t work in a bathtub, shower, or sink.
  5. Cover the outlet using a piece waterproof tape or a cloth.
  6. Only enough water to fill your sink or tub with enough water to cover your plunger
  7. Place the plunger onto the drain to create a vacuum. It is important to pump it many times.
  8. If the plunger doesn’t clear the clog, you can use a plumber’s snake (available in most hardware stores) to cut through the blockage and either pull it out of the drain or remove it.