Removing tub drain assembly. (George Retseck / February 17, 2014)

There's nothing worse than a clogged drain, and when it's the bathtub drain, that means a whole lot of water. The clog is often from a buildup of hair in the drain, and you're faced with the choice of unclogging it yourself or calling for help. We suggest trying to make the repair first, and if that fails, call in a pro.

To do it yourself you'll spend about $28 for a plunger, chemical drain opener and a hand auger. You also need a pot of hot water, a screwdriver, some wire and a pair of pliers. If there's a grate over the drain opening or a plunger that closes the drain inside it, remove them. Make a hook at the end of some wire and poke it to dislodge the clog. Try pouring hot water down the drain, followed by using a plunger. Or use a chemical drain opener according to the directions. For a tub, you may have to remove the drain assembly by unscrewing the coverplate and screwing the cable of an auger into the drain to remove a clog.

If all your attempts fail, call a plumber or drain cleaning service, who will charge about $110 to do the job.

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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved

$110 -- $28 -- 1.0 1.5 -- $82 -- 75 percent