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