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redphoenix 02-19-2011 07:55 AM

slow bathtub drain with yucky scum in tub
Hi. I have a couple of problems. First the new place i am renting; the bathtub drains really slow... 5-10 min sometimes longer. It also has a grayish, slimy scum after every bath or shower. I have a "strainer" over the drain to collect the scum but it is always full and blocks the draining process. I have tried draino and other products to help the slow drain and protect the pipes from more buildup. This scum I have never seen so bad in any place (that i lived in or other houses). I am at a loss as to what is causing it. The other problem is that the pipes going out under the kitchen sink(below the floor)is I think galvanized steel then PVC then galvanized again, then about 6 feet down it is rusting on the bottom of it and wet at one of the rust spots. Should I be asking the landlord for a plumber to come and replace it or could I do it myself with little cost to me?

LLMAURO 02-19-2011 08:14 AM

I had a similar problem with three of my bathtubs. Just moved into an old house. I'm not a plumber by any stretch of the imagination so bear with my lack of technical terms. What I did was replace the drain stop assembly. U have to remove the overflow plate (where you have that lever that you lift up to plug the drain so you can fill the tub). I removed the drain too but I think that may have been overkill. Then disconnect and remove that existing mechanism. I had these older coil drain plug systems And when I pulled it out there was this nasty mess of scum and hair attached. Yuk. After I replaced it with a new assembly everything works great.

NCpaint1 02-19-2011 08:16 AM

Is the home on a well?

redphoenix 02-19-2011 08:36 AM

no it is not. I believe it is city water.

redphoenix 02-19-2011 08:42 AM

Thanks. I love the language that I understand.... simple. Now I have research part done I can put the advise into action. Will let you know how it goes!

NCpaint1 02-19-2011 08:46 AM

Fixing the drain issue is one thing, it sounds like its more of a water quality issue. Fixing the drain itself will only buy time until it happens again.

I might talk with the landlord and see if they can have someone come and actually clean the water pipes. They can run cleaners through the pipes and clean any deposits out of them, hopefully eliminating the "scum". Maybe a pre-filter where the water enters the home could help too? Talk to the landlord and word it as "preventative maintenance". Fixing a little issue now is cheaper in the long run.

redphoenix 02-19-2011 08:51 AM

Thanks for the tip. I will probably do that.

oh'mike 02-19-2011 10:29 AM

If you have rusty,leaking drain pipes----my guess would be the old tub drain set is very fragile.

I suggest that you let the landlord handle this one--touching those old pipes could lead to failure of the old system.

At most--use one of those long barbed plastic hair grabber strips and shove that down the drain--

They work well,and only cost a buck or two---

The old tub drains often used a barrel trap---they are almost impossible to clear with a snake--
and often the snake will go right through the old corroded lid of the barrel.

Good luck---call your land lord--have fun,Mike

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