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Ana Ng
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I don't wanna appropriate a whole thread for this, so anyone else feel free to hijack- I can do some decorating stuff so maybe I can help someone else.

My bathtub and sink simulataneously stopped draining efficiently. The bathtub doesn't drain when one showers, and it's pretty icky. I don't know how to fix it. Is it necessary to involve a pro?

Again, anyone else with a DIY question, ask away. [Smile]

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Sounds like a clog. How's that for handy? If you don't have a pipe snake, maybe try some drain cleaer (carefully! They're very caustic).

ETA: be careful with a pipe snake too...I tore my hand open with one once, but that was on the kitchen sink...

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I don't know how to fix a bathtub drain, but sink pipes are quite easy to unscrew and clean. Just remember to shut off the water first.

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Yeah, there's probably some crap in the drain. The best way to clean it out is to take the pipe off and wash it out, but if that isn't possible, drain cleaner works.

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We have a wee plunger near our shower. Three girls with long-ish hair clog up the drain quite regularly. We have to plunge at ours at least once a week. Its icky, but it works.

I agree, the drain cleaner is caustic.

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At my Mum's we had that proble all the time, both of us had nid back length hair and growing. We bought a cheap little metal sieve sort of thing that sat in the plug hold and caught the hair but let the water through. I think they are about $2, but definatly under $5. We got ours from the supermarket, but i'm sure plenty of places sell them. Just remove and empty after showering. Saves plunging and a great deal of clogging.

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quote:
Originally posted by FrogFeathers:
We have a wee plunger near our shower. Three girls with long-ish hair clog up the drain quite regularly. We have to plunge at ours at least once a week. Its icky, but it works.

I agree, the drain cleaner is caustic.

Funny, we keep the "wee" plunger by the toilet...
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[lol]

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quote:
Originally posted by ange84:
At my Mum's we had that proble all the time, both of us had nid back length hair and growing. We bought a cheap little metal sieve sort of thing that sat in the plug hold and caught the hair but let the water through. I think they are about $2, but definatly under $5. We got ours from the supermarket, but i'm sure plenty of places sell them. Just remove and empty after showering. Saves plunging and a great deal of clogging.

We have one of these in the shower -- it's very necessary since the Kitten and I both have quite long hair. And since cat hair is always being tracked everywhere, including the bathtub, it helps with that as well.

Mine's rubber/plastic. $1.99 at the local hardware store.

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There is a drain cleaner (I think it's Liquid Plumber brand, but I can't remember for sure) that's made specifically for this type of clogged drain. It has two compartments and is kind of a bronze color bottle. You dump it in, wait about a half-hour IIRC and then run hot water through the drain for a few minutes. It works like a charm for us. The way the drains are set up in this house, they don't drain well and there's no easy way to take the stoppers up to pull stuff out (I've never seen this design before, it's the weirdest thing I've ever seen). Since we're renting, replacing them all is not an option, so this drain cleaner gets used about twice a year and cleans things out beautifully.

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I would definitely try either plunging or using a drain cleaner before calling out the plumber.

The last place we moved into had a drainage problem that was isolated to the shower. Pouring a heap of cleaner into the pipe fixed the issue pretty quickly. The most recent place had a drainage problem everywhere... which suggested a block further down the line. We tried drain cleaner but it didn't work so a plumber was called in to check it out. Thankfully it wasn't tree roots or anything like that (not that the $$$ would have been an issue as the property owner was paying for it).

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Our blockage unfortunately is tree roots, but then the cost of getting the plumber in every 18 months or so to clean it out is way less than what we have been quoted to dig up most of our front (including the driveway) to replace the pipes. So far we also can't bear to get rid of the offending tree

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Eh, getting rid of the tree doesn't always help either. The house we rent right now had a bush near the drain pipe and it's been gone, as far as we can tell for years before we moved in, but the roots still grow into the pipes. The property managment sends Rotorooter out twice a year to make sure we don't come home to the mess I found two years ago.

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quote:
Originally posted by blucanary:
Eh, getting rid of the tree doesn't always help either. The house we rent right now had a bush near the drain pipe and it's been gone, as far as we can tell for years before we moved in, but the roots still grow into the pipes. The property managment sends Rotorooter out twice a year to make sure we don't come home to the mess I found two years ago.

Try RootX.

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For your bathtub, it might be an easy fix.

The place where the water is supposed to flow, there might be a stopper there that you can probably put up or down depending on if you want the water to drain (like when taking a shower) or not (like when taking a bath). The top, rounded part of stopper may twist off (righty tighty, lefty loosy). If you can twist it off and pull the stopper out, you might see a lot of hair and general gunk that you can clean out. I have to do this to my bathtup every so often. I wear gloves and usually get the crap out with my fingers or something smaller.

For your sink, you can remove the elbow underneath the sink. It's not as hard as you might think. You just need the right tool to loosen it. Just be careful - water and gross stuff will go everywhere if you're not careful.

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Go to a local hardware store and look in the section that sells drain/piping snakes. There should be a CHEAP plastic/nylon thing that looks like a zip-starter for a kids toy. They run about 24" long and have teeth on them.

Just poke it down the drain as far as it can go, then pull gently back. Lather, rinse, repeat.

I got mine at Lowes and it cost about $2.00.

Good luck!

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I'd be a lot handier around the house if I had tools and access to the breaker box.

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