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Old 08-31-2015, 02:39 PM   #1
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Slow draining shower


Like the title says, I have a slow draining shower, it's caused by mineral deposits and hair. My problem is, if i try to use CLR or anything like that, it just goes right through, but if dont clean the hairball out of there every week it starts to back up.

I can see that the pipe is about 75% blocked by hard water/mineral deposits. I was wondering if there was a way to hold the chemicals on the deposits to get them to soften/break up.
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Is it possible to remove the drain cap and snake it. That will work quicker and safer than chemicals. Just a suggestion.
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If you could get an inflatable plumber's test plug of the appropriate size beyond the blockage it may have some merit. To dissolve the mineral deposit use the strongest Phosphoric acid your shower materials will tolerate. A visit to a knowledgeable janitorial supply may be necessary for the best.
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I'd say that if you're at 75% blocked, it's time for some NEW drain pipes.
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Is it possible to remove the drain cap and snake it. That will work quicker and safer than chemicals. Just a suggestion.
The snake goes about 18 inches and stops, it usually grabs the hairball(s) and the drain drains fine for about a week.


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I'd say that if you're at 75% blocked, it's time for some NEW drain pipes.
I was hoping for a cheaper solution, it's not a huge deal to pull the hair out of the drain, just annoying. I may start saving for the repair though.
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The snake goes about 18 inches and stops, it usually grabs the hairball(s) and the drain drains fine for about a week.



I was hoping for a cheaper solution, it's not a huge deal to pull the hair out of the drain, just annoying. I may start saving for the repair though.
Snake may contact the trap at about 18 inches.

For hair, two applications of a couple of cups of bleach ( allow to set for 20-30 minutes ) followed by about a half gallon of 160F water usually solves the hair problem. Try a strainer once it's free. Not the perfect solution but lessens the cleaning frequency dramatically.
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