06:53AM | 01/04/04
Member Since: 01/03/04
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I moved into a condo about June of last year , was told that the plumbing to my unit and the unit below mine was replaced in early 2003 due to some pipes bursting (the complex was built in 1975, so I was told the original piping was cast iron, but the replaced pipes could be other material -- when the bathtub faucet is turned on after a long rest period, the water comes out a little grayish in the tub -- maybe the results of soldered joints). Even though I have relatively new piping, when I moved in, the draining was a little slow, but not that noticeable. And when I moved in, I applied a fine mesh screen to catch most hair from going down the drain. However, over the months, the draining has gotten slower to the point where after I'm done showering in the tub, it take at least 5 minutes for the standing water (about an inch or so) to drain completely. I've talked with the other tenants, one told me it's probably hair /gunk build up and to try to stick a hanger down there to get rid of the possible hair ball blockage. However, because the draining doesn't start slowing down until the water has been on for a few minutes, maybe that indicates the problem is further down the piping. I've read other threads on slow draining, but am not that knowledgeable about the piping, Any one's comments on what might be the cause of the slow drainage is much appreciated. Thanks a bunch!


10:32AM | 01/04/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi Ellen,

I was a bit confused reading your post, as you mention both incoming fresh water and draining...but your main complaint is about the draining (?)

I wouldn't rule out a mass of hair and soap in the trap. It's certainly worth picking up a small snake auger and running it down the drain, even just a couple of feet. I know you've been careful with hair, etc., but some of this could've been from the former resident. It can build up!

There's often a drain cover that just pops into the shower base. Hopefully you have one of these that's easily removed. The auger can then be twisted down there, jostled up and down, and and untwisted back in such a way as to remove the obstruction.

I guess a hanger might theoretically also work--but I'd form a tight 'hook' on it, and grab onto it with a Vise-grip or something so you can keep a hold of it. But a small auger shouldn't cost too much and would be a better tool for the job.


05:08PM | 01/04/04
Member Since: 01/03/04
2 lifetime posts
Thanks k2 -- sorry about the confusion. I mentioned the gray water as a side note... My main question was what could be causing the slow drainage in my tub. Thanks for your suggestions-- I've taken a look at my tub drain, it has a removable drain cover. I removed this cover, and can see the bottom of a small "u" bend if I look straight down the drain. I have attempted to put a "small hook" bend on the end of a hanger, and have tried to push this extended wire into the drain with caution, am worried about it getting stuck at some point. The auger idea sounds much better, as working with a makeshift hanger may not be the best thing to use when one doesn't know what she is doing. I'll try that next, as the hanger wasn't fruitful...

Thanks again. :-)


04:56AM | 01/05/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hello again Ellen,

Yes I think the auger is the way to go. You can get some leverage with the handle, and the whole thing is like a spring so it goes down (with a little coaxing) and won't damage anything. Plus it has the curlique on the end so it'll pull up masses of hair and gunk!

Definitely I'd get the smallest one they have--don't get anything 'industrial' looking!

good luck, hope this fixes it. If not, well we try something else....

-k2 in CO



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