Help a girl out? Blocked tub drain

I don't have anyone in my life to ask about this kind of stuff and I'm hoping to learn how to handle this problem before I buy my own home and have to maintain things like this. I have a pretty serious blockage in my tub. Pretty sure it's hair and some sediment like dirt and leaves (from watering plants and using bath salts with leaves)? The water isn't draining at all now and I have tried: Removing the back plate thing and plugging it, and plunging the drain. This worked a little bit, causing little black chunks to float up. But the tub is still not draining even after a lot of plunging. I used a shop vac to remove the stuff that came up. I also tried draino. Didn't have any effect. And I tried baking soda and vinegar and 2 rounds of boiling water. Again not much change. After all efforts, it drains a tiny bit. But very slow still. I'm unable to remove the cross grate thing inside of the drain. I'm not totally sure how to remove it but I think I'm supposed to unscrew it by rotating it left? I tried using pliers and needle nose pliers together (for leverage) and I couldn't get it. I sort of feel like if I can remove this grate I could use the drain snake I have and the shop vac to remove some of the larger build up. Is this totally impossible? I'm ready to give up and call a plumber but like I said, I'm just trying to learn. Thanks in advance. submitted by /u/Balihae [link] [comments]

I don't have anyone in my life to ask about this kind of stuff and I'm hoping to learn how to handle this problem before I buy my own home and have to maintain things like this. I have a pretty serious blockage in my tub. Pretty sure it's hair and some sediment like dirt and leaves (from watering plants and using bath salts with leaves)? The water isn't draining at all now and I have tried:

Removing the back plate thing and plugging it, and plunging the drain. This worked a little bit, causing little black chunks to float up. But the tub is still not draining even after a lot of plunging. I used a shop vac to remove the stuff that came up.

I also tried draino. Didn't have any effect.

And I tried baking soda and vinegar and 2 rounds of boiling water. Again not much change.

After all efforts, it drains a tiny bit. But very slow still.

I'm unable to remove the cross grate thing inside of the drain. I'm not totally sure how to remove it but I think I'm supposed to unscrew it by rotating it left? I tried using pliers and needle nose pliers together (for leverage) and I couldn't get it. I sort of feel like if I can remove this grate I could use the drain snake I have and the shop vac to remove some of the larger build up. Is this totally impossible? I'm ready to give up and call a plumber but like I said, I'm just trying to learn. Thanks in advance.

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