09:46AM | 12/22/00
Member Since: 12/21/00
4 lifetime posts
Our bathtub drains really slow. I've tried using Liquid Plummer and while that helps for a week or so, the problem really doesn't go away. Anyone have any ideas or advice of how to improve this drain? I'm wondering if there might be a clog further in the pipe that might need a plumber's snake to get it loose.


09:15AM | 12/23/00
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
Liquid Plumber is not good for slow drains. It washes right past the problem and clears it only a tiny bit. That's probably why (and how) it keeps reoccurring so soon.

Drano and a few other brands have a foaming pipe cleaner that works amazingly well. You pour a solid, powdery substance down the drain, pour a cup or two of water after it, and the powder starts foaming down the drain. It stays in the drain and really does a good job of cleaning it.

The other thing is to make sure you have a good enough strainer to filter out hair and such. You would be shocked to find out how much hair falls out in the shower, especially if anyone who uses it has long hair. If you do not have a good strainer, it will just go down and join up with the old clog. A week is not too uncommon for the hair to clog up, especially if more than one person uses the shower.


07:40PM | 01/10/01
Member Since: 01/09/01
15 lifetime posts
How many times as fast as you can say toy boat, toy boat,
I was just thinking back to when my son was 2 and had a set of very little boats. Ok Check to see if you have access to the pipes under your tub first. Sometimes they are in a closet just the other side of the tub like my mothers house ( second floor). Now mine are in back of the kitchen cabinet as we are on a slab floor. Took out the j joint pipe and found hair,toy boat and one car. We changed the drain and put on a foot cap, great you just close it or open it by hand or your foot and it can be removed for cleaning. If you us any cleaners be careful that it does not come back up as it can stain the tub. If after all that it still is slow and you have made sure drain pipe is correct size then you may have to snake out the pipes , consider one you can put on a drill, good for short distances and does take out some small blocks. Also I would check toilet and any other systems down stream of the tub.Slow flush, slow drain from sinks ? I have found that if you clean the j pipe once or twice a year it saves trouble later. good luck

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