How to Keep Shower and Bathtub Overflows Under Control

Even though your bathtub rarely overflows, that is still a possibility for a multi-tasking homeowner. The drain in your tub experiences the same amount of abuse as the one in your sink. Its pipes are prone to clog and, if shower or bath water is allowed to run too long while you are tending to another issue, an overflow can result.

Creating the Perfect Home Emergency Response Plan

Lots of items can contribute to clogged pipes. The list includes:

  • Hair
  • Gels and other hair-care products
  • Soap particles
  • Shampoo and conditioner residue
  • Dust, dirt and other debris
  • Shaving cream
  • Fingernail and toenail clippings
  • Toiletry items

The moment you notice that your bathtub is clogged, it’s vital that you take care of the problem. Allowing the clog to trigger an overflow can lead to a terrible indoor flood and cause severe water damage.

Fortunately, preventing a bathtub overflow isn’t that complex. All you need is the proper tools and to follow these tips:

Step 1: Shut off the shower or faucet that’s filling the tub.

Step 2: Use a pitcher or small bucket to remove as much water as you can from the tub. Dispose of the collected water outdoors or through the sink.

Step 3: Wear rubber gloves and inspect the drain. If you see or feel any blockage, remove it with your hands or by using a small stick.

Step 4: If you don’t see an obstruction, use a plunger and try to force the clog out. This may require several plunges, so be patient.

Step 5: If the plunger doesn’t work, use a chemical drain opener or a plumbing snake.

Once you’ve applied these steps, there’s a good chance that your bathtub will drain. If the tub remains clogged, it is time to call for professional help from the experts at Dreyer's DKI.

Count on Dreyer's DKI to Unclog Drains and Prevent Bathtub Overflows

Some bathtub clogs are too large or too involved for a homeowner to handle alone. When that happens, it is time to contact Dreyer’s DKI and let their professional plumbers handle the situation. We are the trusted experts who offer excellent and cost-effective plumbing and water damage restoration services in Gainesville, Ocala, and Lake City, Florida.

We have experience removing all types of bathtub blockages, so we can take handle yours. When you need our help, give us a call at 352-403-0350 and our friendly staffers will be ready to assist you.