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!
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. :-)
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