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If it's a hair clog, I've had great luck with a "Zip-It" plastic snake. It's only good for close clogs (20 inches long) and has barbs that catch/pull the gunk out when removed. Should be a few dollars at most hardware stores.
Great answers so far. To unclog the drain in my bathtub, I've occasionally used a toilet plunger by placing it directly over the drain then filling up the tub until there is enough water to create suction. A few good "shots" / "pumps" should unclog anything that is stuck in there and definitely worth trying before purchasing any liquid drain products.
You can buy proprietary drain unblocker products. They are often a sodium hydroxide based product (so take appropriate care) that is combined in a dense gel that is designed to sink through the standing water to be able to work to break up the blockage.
I would start with a basic hand operated drain snake. In a tub drain you likely have a hair clog, the snake will grab onto this clog and pull it right out. A very basic snake should be all you need.
Your external list is pretty good, what's missing is an internal list: water shut off valves(stem leaks) Connections between stop valves and mixing valve Stem leaks on mixing valve Shower arm and tub outlet extension: leaks at elbow inside wall It is unusual for these sources to end up on the floor, outside the tub, unless your bath is over a slab. ...
Just resealing everything is a bad idea because you might, for example, just trap the leaking water somewhere you can't see it. The water will still leak and cause damage or mold. You really need to find out where the water is coming from. Turn on the shower and sit outside of it to find the leak.
Could be a clump of solder is in the pipe. I had the same problem recently and ran the shower for a while without the shower head. I never found anything but the problem went away. Maybe it was a glob of flux that finally dissolved.
I think you're going to need more airflow than just open windows. You can probably rent a large air mover from your local home improvement store in order to circulate lots of air around. Alternatively, try getting in touch with a local company that deals with cleaning up basement floods as they will have the same type of air movers. You're looking for ...
Man I have done quite a few of these tubs and it is god awful. The whole process sucks. I did do it one my own home but was when rest of family was out of town for weekend. Did it Friday night. Left all windows in house open all weekend with three fans blowing air out of bathroom. By Monday the house was so-so. The bathroom still stank. We just ...
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