06:56AM | 04/17/07
Member Since: 04/16/07
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Bathtub will not drain. Have tried plunging, draino max jel, stil have standing water. Do I need a plumber?

Please help me!!!!


04:17PM | 04/17/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
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Once you added chemicals you have to warn the poor victim you call to clear the stoppage.

One of the drain cleaning guy I know lost sight in an eye from the chemicals that splashed up as the home owner said " no she did not use any" and he took her word for it and paid the price.

I usually add an extra on the price once there is chemicals as eye and skin protection is needed for employees


04:21AM | 06/02/07
Member Since: 04/07/07
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Great heads up advice, Sylvan! I can't think why people deny putting the appropriate chemicals down the drain, but they so DO!

In my case, I haven't. I have a super slow draining tub drain, and am looking for suggestions before I start goofing with it.

We've been in our house five years, and it's always drained somewhat slowly. Vigorous plunging has usually coughed up some hair, etc., but it's never really drained well; yet never been THIS bad.

I'm wondering if a six foot snake will do the trick. Will it wind around all of the curves in the drain piping? Any tips for using a snake?

Might you have any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance to anyone who might be able to help me!


07:47AM | 06/02/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
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I think it would be easier to try getting a decent wet dry vacuum placing a rag over the over flow use the wet dry to try to pull the debris (hair ) out rather then try to push it further downstream.

Also if you do use a snake go very gently and the tub waste is normally going through some light brass tubing as it connects to the trap and if this is old piping you could put a hole in the waste piping.

15 feet of snake should be more then enough length and try snaking through the over flow rather then the outlet as going through 90 degree turn then 180 deg trap is not an easy task.


07:51AM | 06/02/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
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I meant 6 foot should be long enough but I normally go at least 25+ to make sure I'm in the stack.

This picture shows what a home owner who decided to use a wire snake without a bulb on the end and punctured a hole in the lead trap.

Good thing lead wiping is still alive and well


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