Clogged bath tub - Need suggestion

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Old 10-31-05, 06:19 AM
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Clogged bath tub - Need suggestion

Hi,

The shower tub in one of our bathroom is clogged. I once used drano and it seems to remove the clog but, after a month or so, it gets clogged again. I don't want to use drano because, I read somewhere (maybe in this forum) that its corrosive to the pipes.

Is there an alternative to drano?. Does someone provide service to clean clogged drainage pipes (and guarantee it)?. Or, is my only option is to remove the tub and clear up the clog?.

Any help/suggestions is appreciated.

Thanks,
Ansari
 
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Old 10-31-05, 04:42 PM
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Get some of this stuff in the Depot. Zep makes good products and it says it is non corrosive.

http://www.zepcommercial.com/pages/h...airclogsAnchor
 
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Old 10-31-05, 05:47 PM
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The usual clog in a shower is hair. Best treated by digging out the clog with a coat hanger. Ugly, but effective.
 
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Old 10-31-05, 06:12 PM
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Do not use a coat hanger . if your trap is weakened by the previous draino or just normal wear and tear you could put a hole in it. Most bathtub drains are heavy brass,but don't take the chance yours isn't.

I don't think a coat hanger is ever a wise decision----ever

You can get a cheap snake in the Depot that will not puncture the trap, and you don't need a drill to operate it. it has an s type handle that you can turn.. If you use it go in from the over flow plate at the top of the tub. It is straight down to the trap. It may be a good idea to invest in one under the circumstances.
 
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Old 10-31-05, 06:23 PM
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joneq:

Appreciate the tip - we've always used the coat hanger in our rental units, but not anymore.
 
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Thanks a lot

I'll have a look at Zep and also try out the snake.

Thanks,
Ansari
 
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Old 11-08-05, 09:16 AM
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Use a snake (via overflow drain).

But before you do that unscrew the drain cover and get all the hair that you can out of that.
 
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Old 11-08-05, 10:06 AM
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Very few professionals have anything good to say about any sort of "snake in a can" products..... Use the real thing... you'll be much better off in the long run....
 
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Old 11-08-05, 12:09 PM
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I have done this in the past, and unclogged the tub using this method:

First, I place a towel in the overflow to prevent air from getting in.

Next I fill the tub with cold water at about 2 inches. I then use a plunger at the drain until all the water drains normally.

I repeat if I need too.
 
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