How to Unclog a Drain without Your Dad's Assistance10:00 AM
Living in a big kid house without cleaning ladies means big kid cleaning. We're not just talking streak-free glass cleaner kind of cleaning. We're talking legit plumbing.
Our tub has issues. It feels grimy no matter how many times I scrub it. Is that mold? Also, the water turns cold ten minutes into your shower, and also, there's no light above the tub. Why is there no light over the tub?
Another problem: Last week, I took a shower in six inches of water. The culprit? This guy.
See how there's a screw? I remembered righty tighty, lefty loosey, so I started unscrewing it. The gobs and gobs of hair stuffed in that little drain prevented me from pulling it out.
Where's my daddy when I need him?
My dad. Hey, my dad bought me a purple toolkit now stashed in the back of my car for emergencies such as this. I unzipped the case for the first time ever. I have a power drill? Cool. And also five billion different screwdriver heads all stuck in rubbery plastic. Literally stuck.
That didn't do me any good.
I fished around for a tiny intact screwdriver not stuck in rubbery plastic and set to work on that disgusting drain. Word to the wise: any size screwdriver works. You just need leverage.
Another word to the wise: wear gloves. You do not want to pull out a foot of other people's hair and then pick it off a screw with your bare hands.
De-hairing the drain probably fixed the six inches of standing shower water problem, but just in case, I followed it up with 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup vinegar. You watch it fizz up and let it sit for a few minutes (or however long your patience lasts), then drown it in steaming water. I soaked the drain cover and screw in vinegar, baking soda, and hot water too. If that ruins drain covers, I haven't discovered it yet.
What's the bravest maintenance disaster you've faced without your dad?