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How To Plug A Bathtub Drain
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How To Plug A Bathtub Drain

If your bathtub is draining slowly, you’ll need to check the plug to see if the drain is plugged. This can be done by first turning off the faucet and then inserting a tool into the plug hole with one end of a flathead screwdriver to turn it from inside the tub. The other end of the flathead screwdriver could then be used to push down on the stopper at the other end of the drain, in order for it to pop up and out of place.

What is a bathtub drain?

A bathtub drain is a pipe that drains water from the bathtub into the sink. It’s usually located in the bathtub corner or near the tub rim. When you take a bath, water goes down the drain and into the sink.

How to plug a bathtub drain

The first thing to do is to determine if the problem is with the drain itself or if the problem is with the piping that connects the drain to the tub. If it is just the drain, you may be able to fix the issue by purchasing a new one or by fixing the existing one. If it is the piping that connects the drain to the tub, then you will need to replace it.

To plug a bathtub drain, follow these simple steps:

1. Find the stopcock that controls the drain. It’s usually at the bottom of the tub.
2. Turn off the water supply to the bathtub by turning the knob on the stopcock counterclockwise.
3. Open the stopcock to allow any water that’s in the bathtub drain to flow freely out.
4. Insert a plunger into the drain and push and pull it up and down until all of the water is out of the drain. Be sure to avoid objects that may be caught in the drain, such as soap bars or hairpins.
5. Unplug the drain before removing the plunger. Do not disconnect the drain from its piping at this time.
6. Using a wrench, tighten the nut on the stopcock to secure it in place.

Where should I put the plug?

If the bathtub drain is plugged, the water will not drain and it could overflow and cause damage. Before trying to unplug the bathtub drain, determine where the plug is. A plug may be located anywhere from the bottom of the tub to a removable piece on the side. If you can’t find the plug, try using a plunger. Put one end of the plunger in the drain and use the other end to push and pull until you dislodge the plug. You can use a plunger or vacuum cleaner to dislodge whatever is blocking the drain. If the drain is on the floor, you will need to use a bucket and plunger.

Prevention methods for a clogged bathtub drain

Prevention is key when it comes to fixing a clogged bathtub drain. Here are a few prevention tips:

1. Use a plunger to clear any debris and excess water from the drain before trying to unblock it with your hands. This will help avoid damaging the drain.

2. If the bathtub drain is chronically clogged, consider installing a overflow tub spout to prevent water from accumulating and backing up. Overflowing the tub can also clear debris and excess water from the drain.

3. Use a plunger on an empty stomach to clear a clogged bathtub drain faster, as this will cause less damage.


Plugging a bathtub drain can be easy if you have the right tools and know how to do it. In this article, we have shown you everything you need to know in order to plug a bathtub drain on your own.

When the water in your bathtub starts to overflow, it’s important to know how to plug the drain quickly and easily. So, you can get back to relaxing in no time. If you have any other questions about plumbing or home maintenance, don’t hesitate to ask us in the comments below!