Best Bath Tub Caddies: What are they?
Bathtub Caddies are used to hold your tub or shower drain open while you use it. They allow water from the shower head to flow through the drain into your sink. You don’t have to worry about getting soap scum on your clothes anymore! If you need a little extra help opening up the drain, then these bathtub caddies will do just that.
How to Choose the Right Bathtub Caddy?
There are many different types of bathtub caddies available today. Some come with lids; some without. Others are made out of metal, plastic, wood or even leather. There are also those that have handles so you can easily grab them when needed. These may include ones with rubber grips, springs and levers. Each type comes in various sizes and styles too.
The most important thing to consider is how much space you want to give up when using the bathtub. Most people prefer a wide open drain, but if you’re going to be working around other things like pots and pans, towels and dishes, then you might not need all that much room. So it’s best to pick one that fits your needs.
Another consideration is whether or not the caddy will fit in your bathroom cabinet or countertop drawer. If you have limited storage space, then this is something that you definitely need to think about. There are some bathtub caddies that can be folded or collapsed in some way so they can easily fit in a small space.
Finally, check the price. Some bathtub caddies can be rather costly and you definitely want to get your money’s worth. If you’re on a limited budget, you can look for cheaper alternatives. You don’t have to settle for something too small or inconvenient just because it’s the cheapest one around.
How to Use a Bathtub Caddy?
Using a bathtub caddy is extremely simple. Before you start the water in your bathtub, place the caddy around your drain. There are specially designed “ears” on each side that hook over the edge of the tub. Make sure it’s secure and won’t slip down into the water. If you have a caddy that came with a lid, then place that on top too.
Now you’re ready to run the water. Be sure to keep a good grip on the caddy so you don’t lose it into the water when you let go. The force of the water rushing down is powerful, so you need to make sure that it doesn’t knock the caddy off. If it starts to slip, then just hold it down tighter with your other hand or even feet.
When you turn of the water, the force should have pushed down on the drain and opened it up. If not, then try again, but this time hold it for a little longer. If it still won’t budge, then you can try from the top. Get a pot or bucket and fill it up with water.
Slowly pour it down the drain opening and this should force the drain open.
Some bathtub caddies have springs on them, which are designed to automatically push the drain open a little wider. If your caddy has this feature, then you don’t have to worry about keeping a grip on it at all times. Just make sure that it’s secure enough around the drain so that it doesn’t slip off when the water pressure is pushing down.
Occasionally, you may find some drains that just won’t budge no matter how hard you try. There can be several reasons for this. First of all, some bathtub drain stoppers are made out of a hard plastic or metal and won’t move no matter what you do to them. Others are larger and more complex with hinges, screws and other stuff that keeps them firmly in place.
If this is the case, then you’re going to need to get a plumber to come and take a look at it. You can contact a professional or you can try removing the drain stopper yourself. Just be very careful since you’re dealing with water and electricity and all that stuff can be very dangerous. If you aren’t sure about what you’re doing then it’s best that you leave it to a pro.
How to Unclog a Bathtub drain?
Running the water and letting the caddy do all the work is great, but sometimes you may come across a clog that just won’t move no matter how hard you try. You can try running the water for longer periods of time or you can even try with more than one caddy, but if none of those tips help then there’s one more thing you can do to clear the drain.
You’ll need a few basic supplies for this one. First of all, you’ll need a few feet of heavy duty duct tape. You can also use rope, string or any other kind of fabric if you don’t have any duct tape around. Next, you’ll need a bucket and something to cut the tape with.
You will also need a damp cloth. The last thing you’ll need is something that will fit down into your drain opening. A chopstick, wire hanger, or long spoon will all work well.
So here’s what you do. First of all, cut a piece of tape and place it over the drain opening. It should be covering most of the inside of the drain. You don’t need to lay it down perfectly or anything, just place it over the opening.
Next you’re going to wrap more tape around the outside of the drain until it’s completely covered. You don’t need to wrap it on there real tight since the water pressure should do that for you.
Now it’s time to fill up your bucket with water. You don’t want to use too much, just enough to cover most of the tape covering your drain opening. Next, you’re going to hold your cloth over the top of the bucket and slowly tip the bucket upside down. The idea here is to soak up as much water as you can using the cloth.
You don’t want to soak it so much that it drips, just get it damp.
Now you’re going to take your wire hanger, chopstick or spoon and gently slide it down into the drain opening. You want to move it around a little bit and make sure you can reach different parts of the inside of the drain. Try to hook onto the clog and see if you can’t nudge it or pry it loose. If you’re lucky, it should come free.
If not, move the hanger around a little more.
Once you’ve gotten whatever it is loose, you can slowly pull it out with the hanger. It may take a little time, but as long as you keep moving it around and paying attention to what’s going on down there, you should be able to clear that drain. Congratulations!
The bathtub drain is now unclogged and your bathtub awaits you. You can now fill the tub up to your heart’s content and not worry about the water overflowing onto your bathroom floor.
Hopefully you won’t have to repeat this process anytime soon, but at least you know how to unclog a bathtub drain now. You’ll also know what to do if that happens to one of your roommate’s drains.
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Sources & references used in this article:
Bathtub tray with drain by DJ Kramer – US Patent 6,212,705, 2001 – Google Patents
Collapsible bathroom caddy by SB Perlman – US Patent App. 12/076,880, 2009 – Google Patents
Shower caddy by SB Bocanegra – US Patent 9,549,611, 2017 – Google Patents
Bathtub with access door by TD Dannenberg, RC Giese – US Patent App. 07/714,774, 1993 – Google Patents
Reversible shower caddy by Z Zadro – US Patent 6,520,351, 2003 – Google Patents
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Utility tray and bathtub caddie by A Reiss, MB Friedman, M Shufelt – US Patent 5,621,927, 1997 – Google Patents
Cook’s caddy by SS Toy – US Patent 4,799,744, 1989 – Google Patents