There is nothing new about a plunger. And, of course, there is nothing new about clogged drains, either! I’ve used a plunger on clogged toilets and clogged kitchen sinks. What I have never done is to use one for the bathtub drain, until now.
The story begins with my bathtub drain hadn’t been working well for a long time. It had been installed in 1998. Within a year or two the lever that opens and shuts the drain stopped working. Thank goodness, it was stuck open and not closed. From there on out, we could only take showers but that was not such a big deal. Most of the time, we would have showered anyway.
Moving up the timeline to last week, all of a sudden the drain was slow – terribly slow. To unclog it, I poured in half a bottle of drain opener, let it marinate for 30 minutes and ran super hot water through. It made almost no difference. A day later, the tub wasn’t draining at all. Now what?
We had a big problem. Something was blocking the water from draining out and I had no idea how to fix it. Dollar signs started flashing in my mind. What would a plumber cost? Would my bathtub need to be replaced? How would anyone get inside there to fix it without tearing the whole thing apart? What does the inside of it look like anyway?
I said “Lord, what am I going to do?” And, right that moment, I saw a plunger in my mind. Could it be that simple? Worth a try. It did work! I plunged it for only a moment. The suction must have reopened the stopper inside. My bathtub now drains better than ever. Yippee!
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