04:24AM | 08/21/06
Member Since: 07/26/06
1 lifetime posts
Sorry, I posted this somewhere else on the site but I think it was suppose to be here.

I recently purchased a charming old home. I have had a lot of plumbing work done and I believe it's caused a "snow ball" effect.

The tub was draining very slowly for a few days after putting in a new washer/dryer. Then it got to the point that it took all day for it to drain. I tried plunging and drain cleaner. A few days later the sink in the bathroom got plugged also. So I tried to plunge the sink. There was a gurgling sound from the tub and dark chunks (brown. rust color) started pouring up from the tub drain. I'm not being gross but it looked like your worst day with diahrrea. It filled the tub with about 5 inches of this and stopped. I thot it was sewer but it didn't smell and I'm on town sewer.

I called a plumber and he put industrial drain cleaner in tub and sink and we waited. The sink went down but I had to hand scoop (poop) out so it didn't go back down. Each time the sink was plunged this stuff came into the tub. Plumber snaked it but the pipes were so old that he couldn't get the drain plug off because it twisted so badly he was afraid of it breaking off. Now the water (only upstairs) is running steel grey water when I turn on the faucet or tub faucet..not all the time but enough to worry me). It seems to have cleared now but I'm afraid to take a shower for fear of happening again or washing my hair with steel colored water.. The drain seems to be keeping up with the water that comes into it now. HELP! WHAT THE HECK CAN THIS BE? Any thots would be appreciated. Thanks so much.


10:13AM | 08/21/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
What the "plumber" licensed who used the chemicals?

Considering many of the mansions in my area were built around 1922 with all the original piping ,brass, lead Cast iron and galvanized steel I personally would be very leery of using any chemical to clear a stoppage of sluggish line.

Even snaking I would be really careful who I allowed to do it. as it is quite easy to punch a hole through the old lead traps.

Water jetting scours the line and with a wet dry vacuum working in conjunction with this tool as the debris is being dislodged it is being sucked harmlessly into the wet dry to be disposed properly.

It takes a certain mind set to know your dealing with ferrous metal and still decide to pour chemicals many of which are caustic or highly acidic.

Good luck



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