I’ve noticed for a while now that the drain in my tub has been getting slower… and sloower… and sloooower… until last night when I was concerned it wasn’t going to drain at all. It did, but it took hours, which is too long.
Being a female, I lose a lot of hair in the shower, so that’s part of the problem. Another part of the problem is this amazing soap I got at Lush when I was visiting home early in the summer. While the Dark Angels is working wonders on my skin (to the point that one of my friends noticed!!!!!), it is wreaking havoc on my shower. It leaves behind a dark, charcoal-y residue that had built up into a dark ring around my shower. I took a picture of it, but decided it was TMI so I’m not going to share it with you.
Back in my apartment, I successfully snaked out the drain in my tub and felt like I could do it again, if it came to that. But first, I wanted to try the Pinterest recommended drain unclogger of baking soda and vinegar. I got myself to Lowe’s, because I can’t turn down a trip to Lowe’s, and got the vinegar, a scrubber, a hair trap, and probably other things. I was proud of myself for not buying any plants! Before I left, I had sprinkled Ajax all over the charcoal/hair mess that coated my tub.
I picked up the baking soda at CVS, and excitedly practiced chemistry in my tub. Wow, look at that reaction! Once the vinegar hits the baking soda it’s like a science fair volcano in my bathtub! This has to work! Look at some of the vinegar going down the drain! I’m going to use this in all my drains!
I heated up hot water on the stove, like the directions said, and poured it down the drain. It was slooooooooow. I finished cleaning the tub and rinsed all of that down the drain. It looks ten thousand times better. Ajax is like, my favorite cleaner. I use it in my sinks all the time. I love the blue paste it makes with water. I always feel like I’m getting stuff done when I use Ajax.
I decided to try the baking soda/vinegar concoction again. After I realized the water was still draining slooooooooow I went to Home Depot to get a snake. There were no snakes at Lowe’s, which baffled me. But I’m also not going to turn down a trip to Home Depot either, so I gladly made the slightly longer trip.
Not only did they have a snake, but they had a bright orange Adirondack chair on sale for $11!!!!!! I threw that in my cart, because I’ve been wanting another chair. The cashier went on and on about how awesome snakes are, and I couldn’t help but brag about the time I snaked my tub in my apartment and I couldn’t wait to use it again. This chick doesn’t need no plumber. She can handle the mess that is surely down the drain.
I knew I had to unscrew the drain cover before I could snake it. I got my flathead, recited “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey” and went to work. The screw would not budge. I switched out to another flathead. The screw would not budge. I kept trying. No dice. “Maybe the snake will fit down the holes anyway?” I thought.
I walked away from the situation. In the meantime, I hung up my gallery wall. I grabbed a different brand of flathead. The screw would not budge. While the screw was not budging, it seemed as though I was shaving the metal from the screw. I don’t know if that was helping. I kept trying, and trying, and trying. I shifted my weight, stood upside down, twisted myself into odd angles… nothing. After I made it through the entire CD of Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, I realized I had crossed the line from determination to insanity.
If I cannot get the drain cover off, I cannot snake out this tub.
I’m on a budget, and I can’t afford to get a plumber out here who will charge me $250+ to do something I know I can do myself, if not for this minor obstacle.
So I’m going to sleep on it. I’m still going to shower tonight to see if the drain has sped up even a little. I’ll try again tomorrow. As I wrote this, I remembered another flathead I have. Maybe that one will work. Maybe I’ll see if I’m friends with any strong people that can use their strength to get this screw to budge.