Tub Drain Trap Problem

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Old 12-14-13, 02:08 PM
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Tub Drain Trap Problem

My wife and I bought our house about three years ago and for about the past two have had issues with the tub draining. In the time it takes to take an average shower, the water is above my ankles. After the first couple of times, we bought (I say we because my wife and I both enjoy taking on these projects) a small Snake. The snake would only go down about a foot and get jammed up on what felt like metal. We are both new to this kind of stuff so we didn't know anything about a trap. When that didn't work, we bought a bottle of drain clog remover. This worked for about a month. Sadly enough, it just became routine putting that stuff down the drain monthly. Recently even that stopped working. I did some research online and read about cleaning out the trap that can be accessed in the basement on older homes. (ours was built around 1910). I found what I'm pretty confident is the trap, although it looks nothing like any of the ones I've seen online. My trap is what looks like cast iron and is wide and flat. It has an opening at the top for the drain pipe to flow in, an opening at the bottom where the drain pipe flows out, and what looks like a plug on the front. The plugs I saw online all had a square nut protruding to take it out with, mine does not. It's a round piece of flat metal with a small metal lump at the top. It also appears to be soldered in place. Is this the trap and how should I clean it?
 
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Old 12-14-13, 02:16 PM
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Hi welcome...

Dont touch it... If its not leaking and intact.. Again dont touch it....LOL..

You will open up a can of worms with that....

Take a picture though I would like to see it....

No I will give you something to try...

What type of overfow is there? A trip lever? Have you removed it if so?

When you snake tubs you must snake from the over flow.. But its very hard if you never done it before...

I suggest removing the overflow plate and carefully stuff a damp rag down the pipe .... This is going to make a seal....

Stand in the tub with a good plunger and get the tub to fill some... 1'4 way or so...

Start plunging... You should het a good sucktion and may see tuns of crap come up...

Let us know what happens...

Then just assemble the overflow as was and enjoy no clog.......
 
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Old 12-14-13, 02:18 PM
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Posting a picture is always nice.
Using drain cleaner was not a great idea.
Look like one of these?
drum trap - Bing Images
 
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Old 12-14-13, 02:22 PM
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Here's the reason it will only go down 12" and needs to be cleaned out from the overflow.
tub drain trap - Bing Images
 
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Old 12-14-13, 02:24 PM
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It doesn't look any of those, just my luck. I will go down and take a picture in a few minutes.
 
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Old 12-14-13, 03:23 PM
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Here are a couple of pictures of what I was thinking was the trap.
 
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Old 12-15-13, 06:48 AM
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Hrm... never seen a trap like that. Wait for Mike (Lawrosa) to get back - he'll know what to do
 
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Old 12-17-13, 04:32 PM
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Glad I'm not the only one that this one was new to. I've done tons of research online and found nothing.
 
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Old 12-17-13, 06:04 PM
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Did you try the plunging I suggested...???

I know what they are and have seen them... I would not touch it... Let me research more... If anything remove it or have it removed...
 
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Old 12-17-13, 06:07 PM
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It may be a drum trap... doesn't look like ones i've seen before though... :/
 
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Old 12-17-13, 08:02 PM
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It is a bottle trap. Not allowable under most current plumbing codes but often sold for pedestal type washbasins. I personally would recommend it be replaced with a conventional vented P-trap. That galvanized piping is another problem waiting in the wings.
 
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Old 12-18-13, 07:09 AM
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Tried the plunging to no avail.
 
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