Clogged Bathtub Drain: How a Plumber Can Fix the Problem

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Do you have water sitting in your bathtub after trying to unclog it with no success? You may want to hire a plumber to fix the problem for you, as the main sewer line may need a repair. In this article, learn what a plumber can do to bring your bathtub back to a working order, as well as what you will pay for service.

How Can a Plumber Fix a Tub That Won't Drain?

The first thing the plumber will do is attempt unclogging the drain manually. He or she will simply remove the drain cover and use a tool to dig out any debris like hair that is visible. After the debris is removed, a plunger may be used on the drain. If there is still water sitting in your bathtub after it is unclogged, the plumber will likely inspect the main sewer line to see if it is backed up.

A commercial grade plumbing snake can be placed inside of the main sewer line to clean the debris out. If the snake doesn't work, the plumber may get a closer look at the interior of the main sewer line by placing a special camera in it. The camera inspection is helpful because it will allow the plumber to view images of the inside of the sewer line as the camera travels through.

If there is an animal carcass or accumulation of debris in the sewer line, it can be forced out with a powerful pump. After the sewer line is flushed out, the water in your bathtub should begin to drain out.

How Much Does It Cost for a Plumber to Unclog a Drain?

The labor fee charged by a plumber will depend on how complex it is to unclog the bathtub. You can be charged a flat fee or an hourly rate at the discretion of the plumber. The average hourly rate charged can average up to $150. However, a flat fee can be anywhere between $50 and $800. If your man sewer line is snaked and inspected with a camera, you will pay the higher end of the scale.

It is in your best interest to make sure your bathtub is unclogged in a timely manner. You don't want water sitting in the tub for a long time and developing mold. Get in touch with a plumber (such as American Eagle Plumbing & Drain Cleaning) so he or she can inspect the tub and fix the problem! 

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