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Old 03-21-2013, 10:18 PM   #1
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Shower drains slowly. Wife has long hair. 2+2=4. So I retrieve my homeowner-grade snake (from Lowes) and get to work. I retrieve a decent hair-bomb. I say, "Awesome...easy fix." During the cleanup using the shower-head I notice that the water now drains MORE slowly. I think to myself, "must have only retrieved part of a larger hair-bomb". I go back in with the snake. So here is the question:

I can feel the snake make it to the trap. I feel it make the first bend. Then...it hits something HARD. And I can't get it to go any further. I wiggle...I twist...I shove...I fume...I cuss...and so on.

What am I doing wrong? Anything? I can shove 10 feet of snake through the other bathtub drain in another room. But there is something about this shower drain that is beating me. Can only go about 1-2 feet. My worst case scenario fear is that the drain has collpased or failed in some manner. House is on a slab...no underneath access. Thoughts?

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Reverse and forward the snake. What type of pipe are we dealing with?

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I know, silly question but...have you tried plunging it yet?
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I know, silly question but...have you tried plunging it yet?
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My father-in-law cleared some type of obstruction from their basement shower drain w/ a plunger so it may be worth the minute or two to give it a shot.
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put a bend in the first 1-2 in. of the cable. it will be easier to make the bend
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Well I think the plunger would have worked. But I didn't get to try. I was taking a shower and standing about ankle deep in water. That much water must have been heavy enough...because all of a sudden...ka-whoom!!...down goes the water. Drains great now.

Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Glad to hear. You removing that first hair bomb must've opened the gates to the (presumably) second one.
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If it happens again, use the force pump (Plunger) but fill the shower pan with water first. This makes the force pump work like a piston with a check valve and you can really get some pressure on the clog, otherwise you will just draw air, which is compressible.

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