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Old 05-20-2008, 07:55 AM   #1
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water collects in my parents tub whenthey shower lately. My mother used drano and now its 50 times worse. The water will barely go down at all. It didnt drain after 8 hours. Is there another stronger chemical or a way for us to snake it without a plumber coming over?

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Old 05-20-2008, 05:10 PM   #2
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You can try a hand crank snake and hope you can maneuver the tight corners.

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my dad called a plumber..thanks
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:03 AM   #4
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I realize you've already tackled this, but for future reference :

First thing I usually do is get a long pair of tweezers and pick around in the lower shoe of the waste/overflow. If you don't get a humongous wad of hair(or several wads), the next thing is to pull the screws out of the overflow cover, and snake it that way.
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:04 AM   #5
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I never use caustic drain cleaners like Drano.
This always works for me...a good non-caustic, enzyme-based drain cleaner like DrainCare.
Just run a little warm water down the drain, pour in the DrainCare, let it eat overnight, and then flush it down with very hot water the next day. I use a kettle of boiling water to start the flushing.
An enzyme-based drain cleaner won't harm your fixtures or pipes, but it WILL eat out all organic gunk (hair, soap scum, etc.). If the clog is really bad, you may have to do it more than once.
Try it next time, you won't believe how well it works.
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We have this problem often, and it's usually caused by hair. What I usually do is start plunging, pulling up with a bit of force and it will start to pull the hair out, then i just grab ahold of it and pull it all out. Usually gets most of it out...
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:19 AM   #7
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Mike is right about the DrainCare. We were having to plunge or use a product called Thrift to clear a slow shower drain every week or two. I kept reading on here and other sites about DrainCare and decided to give it a try. I did like Mike suggested, started with hot water in the drain and let it set overnight then flushed with a pan of boiling water the next morning. It's been three months now and has not been a problem since. Amazing.
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thanks for the suggestions guys..it was too late for me to intervene and stop my dad from paying for a plumber...i will try your suggestions next time we have a problem and pass the info onto anyone else having this issue in the future
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Hey guys,

We constantly have that problem at my house, so i just wanted to let you know that you're comments were also very useful to me.. THANKS! Have a nice day!

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Just did this - 3 women in the house - removed cap, removed all hairballs with screwdriver and pliers, pour a few cups of bleach down, let sit for 10 minutes or so, flush with hot water from tap for another 10 minutes. Works everytime.
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I remove the chrome cover. Take my shop vac (wet rated) and suck all the hair out of the trap. It's pretty nasty, but quick and effective. No chemicals, no plunging. Open the window, cause it will smell bad. Remove the vac filter first. Run some water in all the bathroom drains to refill the traps when finished.
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Great advice all, I think Drano was invented by a Plumber who specialized in replacing pipes. Probably the same guy who invented those chlorine tablets that eat up all the plastic parts in the toilet tanks.

I am going to try some Drain Care on my own shower. It slowly stops up about every 3 months. (My wife says I'm like the mechanic who won't fix their own car.)
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(My wife says I'm like the mechanic who won't fix their own car.)
My grandfather always said "The shoemaker's kids go barefoot"

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