Why Is My Bathtub Not Draining?

March 30, 2020

There are several scenarios that can cause a bathtub to have a hard time draining. Take a bathtub and shower combo, for example—these units have a built-in stopper in place to stop the flow of water out of the tub drain, but it can get stuck shut. This happens with regular use, as wear and buildup can prevent water from flowing down the drain. However, the majority of bathtub draining issues are due to clogs somewhere inside the drain pipe caused by hair, soap scum, corrosion, dirt and/or other debris.

It’s important to deal with clogged drains as soon as you notice them, but first you need to know what to look for. Below are some of the most common causes of clogs that can plague residential bathtub drains in Coweta County, GA.


Seasoned plumbers agree that the most common cause of a clogged bathtub drain is hair. Whether long hair, short hair or pet fur, all types and length of hair will collect inside your shower drain over time, which makes sense since hair has nowhere to go but down the drain. Some hair will always make it through, even if you have a hair catcher in place over the drain. Hair sticks to the sides of pipes and prevents other materials from washing down completely.

Hard water

Here’s something you may not have considered to be a drain clogging culprit: hard water. The problem with hard water is that it contains high mineral content. These minerals cannot be seen with the naked eye, yet they can collect on the sides of pipes and build up over time. Tiny debris just adds to the clog. Note that the higher the pH levels in your household water, the worse the problem will be.

Soap scum

Another common cause of bathroom drain clogs is soap scum. Soap scum is all those chalky-looking white stains on your shower walls. It collects inside drains over time, sticking to the sides of the pipes and solidifying as is washes down the drain. Soon it will create a blockage.

Dirt and other debris

Whatever is on your skin and in your hair when you step into the shower will wash off your body and flow down into the drain. If you or anyone in your household plays or works outside on a regular basis, chances are a good amount of dirt, sand and other debris is collecting in the drain. To counteract this, rinse off or shake off outside to remove some of the debris before stepping into the shower.

A combination of stuff

The ultimate cause of household bathtub shower drain clogs is actually a combination of all the aforementioned common causes—hair, hard water deposits, soap scum, dirt and debris. These all stick to each other, which only adds to the severity of the clog.

If you encounter a tough bathtub clog in Coweta County, GA, try using a drain plunger or a drain snake to clear the water’s path. For professional help with relentless clogs, or to schedule drain cleaning service, pick up the phone and call Victor Moody Plumbing Inc.!

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