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Shawn75

10:42AM | 05/06/06
Member Since: 05/05/06
1 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
Hello, We just bought a house that was built in the late 30's and the tub upstairs drains very slowly. We at first tried to use a drain cleaner but that did nothing. After a couple of days taking showers we noticed a leak coming through our ceiling in the kitchen. I went out and bought a hand auger to try and remove the clog from our drain. When I removed the overflow valve and pulled it out of the drain it looks as if some of it may have broken off in the drain. When I try to use the auger I can't tell if I can't get it through the curved pipes or if it's hitting something that broke off. How difficult is it to remove one of the small curved pipes attached to my tub so I can try to clear the clog? I've NEVER done anything like this before. Should I be attempting this or should I call a professional? Please help...

Sylvan

05:31PM | 05/06/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
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Many of the mansions I work in were built in 1922 and they have one thing in common the shower and bath tub piping is made of lead and in many cases so is the trap.

I have written numerous articles about how I found chemicals to be totally useless and in most cases very harmful to the existing piping.

I even have a "chemical fee" I charge as exposing my employees to caustic chemicals that can burn or blind someone is grounds for the extra charge which I do give to the employee.

Snaking has to be performed very gently with a very flexible wire (snake) as any mistake can easily put a hole in the lead.

I have found over the years one of the best ways to clear certain older drains is buying a Sears 5 HP wet dry on sale for around $99 and covering the over flow with a wet rag and the strainer removed vacuuming out the hair if this is what caused the stoppage.

The wet dry will not remove the build up of soap scum and body oils that have accumulated over the years for this I use a water Jetter with a stainless steel 1/8 th diameter hose with the proper nozzle.

Once chemicals are used I would be very cautious about even using a wet dry unless the chemicals are totally neutralized
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