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Old 07-19-2012, 10:33 AM   #1
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I went to take a shower this morning and noticed the drain was VERY slow in the tub. I got out and got the plastic, barbed thingy and tried that, but only pulled up a tiny bit of hair! I then could only assume it was plugged a bit further down the pipe. I then started thinking how handy it would be to have a can of that compressed air, but immediately remembered reading about "exploding pipes" from too much pressure all at once.

So here's what I did.....

I went to the kitchen and grabbed an empty one gallon plastic milk jug and quickly rinsed it out. Then I filled it completely with HOT water that I let run in the sink a minute to be sure it was GOOD AND HOT! I went to the tub and flipped it over and plugged the drain with it and pushed down HARD. The hot water unplugged that drain so fast it almost sucked me right down with the water! I was amazed how well it worked!

Of course, this may not be a solution for everyone, but it sure worked for me!!!

Hope this helps someone!

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Old 07-21-2012, 03:10 PM   #2
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I'll have to get the wife to try that next time the toilet is plugged ...

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I'll have to get the wife to try that next time the toilet is plugged ...
I would not advise trying this on a toilet.

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I would not advise trying this on a toilet.

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this would only be in an evil dream sequence where the wife gets the backsplash.

she is a great sport ...
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We turn too quickly to harsh chemicals for household drains.

Air pressure - reverse or positive - still works most of the time. Don't go crazy and blow your plumbing apart though.

Boiling water can often work to melt gunky stuff.

A cup of bleach poured down a drain once a month can help keep it clear.

Baking soda and vinegar can often get a drain flowing.

Adding enzymes on a regular basis will keep drains clear short of sticking something stupid down them. Cheaper to get them in bulk and share with neighbors or family.



It is a gruesome task but pull and clean sink traps once in awhile if drains are slow.

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Tremendous solution--I'm going to book mark this one----clever use of an old jug---genius!
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I'm surprised no one mentioned how well some Coke works when you let it set in the trap a while.
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I'm surprised no one mentioned how well some Coke works when you let it set in the trap a while.
Hmmmmm.... seems like an awfully expensive way to clear a drain!

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DM's homemade Water Ram, I like it!
Surprised you didn't get wet from the tub overflow
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Suprisingly, it didn't come out of the overflow at all!

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Suprisingly, it didn't come out of the overflow at all!

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That is probably where the clog moved to.
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Baking soda and vinegar can often get a drain flowing.
The hot water solution works fine. It's the baking soda and vinegar that I haven't tried. Waiting for the next opportunity to arise. Hope not too soon though.

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Amazing the things small pea sized rodent brain can come up with.

"she is a great sport .." said bbo, hoping she never sees his post.

"Air pressure - reverse..." if at all possible use reverse, in fact push toilet plunger gently release it quickly, try to get it to pull clog loose, often pushing it just moves clog along and jamming it tighter. I've used shop vac in sinks and tubs, covering over flows with floppy rubber jar opener/drain cover disc. Vac fills home with lovely fragrance unless you have long hose to outdoors.

Cook big pot of pasta once a week, even if just a little pasta in lots of water, boiling water down the sink. Check for cheap thin pvc drains first. Run hot water a minute or two to carry any melted grease on down line to city main, so it doesn't re-solidify in yours. Follow with few minutes of cold to hopefully solidify and suspend any remaining small amounts of grease and carry it out.
Bleach not such good idea with clogs and it kills enzyme producing bacteria if using that.

" awfully expensive way to clear a drain" It gets the clog all antsy and energetic, gets a jones to knock over plumbing supply convenience store, leaves drain.
But at last some use for weird chemically tasting store brand colas and Pepsi, but some of them may eat right thru pipes into bed rock, causing global consequences.

overflow " is probably where the clog moved to. " Now maybe you can reach it with " plastic, barbed thingy." ( plastic, barbed thingy available at local S&M shop or online.)


" Waiting for the next opportunity" to use baking soda and vinegar, works if used regularly to clean drains, knocks down odors, often works on partially blocked slow drains, kitchen sinks where clog is bits of debris and some grease. Not so well where clog is hair, soap, and grease. Monthly regimen; a cup of each, soda first, little water to get it down to trap then vinegar, outrush of gas from drain. Put bowl upside down over drains, lean back may splash into eyes. Hold nose, initial back flow smells worse than drain alone.

And i thunked this only use for milk jugs.
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NICE!!! I am going to run home and try that with my bathroom sink!!! I've done the bleach/hotwater thing...worked a little bit but never got almost sucked down! lol
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I've seen this method before (minus the pushing down) and it never worked for me. Now that you mention pushing down, this makes much more sense. I'm going to it give it a go next time I get a plugged up shower. Thanks.

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