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Old 06-17-2013, 02:17 PM   #1
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I have a bathtub drain that wont drain. The toilet, bathroom sink, and kitchen sink, all drain fine. I have a 15 foot snake (which maybe I need a longer one). I've snaked the tub from both the drain and the trap lever area ( and I can only get about 2-3 foot in before I'm blocked by something that seems impassable). I've snaked from the bathroom sink. I've tried to snake one of 2 pipes on the roof but 15 feet only goes so far. The pipe I snaked on the roof was a 1-1/2 inch pipe. There is also an old cast iron pip about 8 inches wide hat I have not tried to snake yet because I didn't know if it was for the plumbing or not. I've tried to use 2 plungers on the tub with one over the trap lever area and the other plunging the drain. Our bathroom sink has a vent that when I plug I can plunge water from the sink up through the drain on the bathtub ( which then it stays there with some added black gunk). I've even tried to shop-vac the drain and so far nothing has worked. Do I need a longer snake for the roof or should I try the other pipe as well up on the roof? I'm thinking that there has to be something clogged somewhere by the tub but I'm just so unsure what is going on at this point. I'd normally call a plumber but was recently laid off and just don't have the funds for it this time around.



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Old 06-17-2013, 03:10 PM   #2
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It sounds like you're not getting the snake past the tub trap. What needs to be done is use a small power snake through the tub overflow. Trying to get a hand snake through the tub trap is not going to happen.



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Old 06-20-2013, 10:25 PM   #3
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Try some one shot drain cleaner but be carefull its sulphuric acid
As for the snake you may be hitting and elbow

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Try some one shot drain cleaner but be carefull its sulphuric acid
I'm not a plumber but know enough to never use drain cleaners.
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I'm not a plumber but know enough to never use drain cleaners.
No your obviously not a plumber most showers block with hair and soap
The drain cleaner breaks it down if you don't have access to a cable drill
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Most plumbers with drain cleaning experience that I have run into are of the opinion that most chemical drain cleaners, at best, burn a small hole through the clog, then flow down the drain without removing the rest of the clog. And at worst, don't clear the clog at all, damage our cables, and put us in danger of chemical burns.

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Agreed with phish. Most plumbers have the sense to avoid chemicals. I don't know about you but I'm not too keen on losing an eye/burning my skin or snapping a cable, or burning a hole in the piping etc. That's the last thing I would suggest to anyone.

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I've been plumbing for 12 years now, and never used drain cleaners. Once the line is backed up its too late. If a plumber uses drain openers, it's a ploy(in my opinion) to get a upsell. If a plumber doesn't have drain equipment, he's not a service and repair plumber.

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Agreed with phish. Most plumbers have the sense to avoid chemicals. I don't know about you but I'm not too keen on losing an eye/burning my skin or snapping a cable, or burning a hole in the piping etc. That's the last thing I would suggest to anyone.
If you know what your doing and have the correct ppe there is no issue
Never had any problem with it before
Admit it is a last resort
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Agreed with phish. Most plumbers have the sense to avoid chemicals. I don't know about you but I'm not too keen on losing an eye/burning my skin or snapping a cable, or burning a hole in the piping etc. That's the last thing I would suggest to anyone.
Oh and not all chemical cleaners are sulphuric acid there are also bio degradable one that work just as well
I maintain 50 toilets in a well know company and urinals are a problem
I use a chemical to release the scale in the pipe work and then a rigid cable drill to clear pipe work
Been doing it 20 years and works for me


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