Bathtub Drain Woes

Hi all, I've just installed a new tub drain. Surprisingly nothing leaks, but the tub drains so sloooooowly now you might as well have the stopper in place. What did I do wrong?!?! Thanks, Steve
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Me wrote:

What kinda stopper? Ordinary trip lever? If so, pull the stopper out and see how it drains. May just need adj.
Jim
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It's one of those pop-up ones. I've unscrewed the pop-up part to look into the drain from the tub. Still drains slowly. Virtually not at all. Is it possible there is air trapped somewhere? I replaced everything up to the U. That was untouched.
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U being trap? Always replace or clean traps, most likely that is the cause of slow drain.

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I'll try running a snake down it. Thing is it drained fine before I replaced the drain. Argh.
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Do you hear a glug-glug sound? Bathtub and basin drains need to be vented to drain properly. Did you check the vent stack that runs to your roof for blockages?
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No sound. In fact, it has stopped draining at all and the water in the tub from last night was still there this morning. Good idea. I'll check it.
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If it were the vent, won't other drains in the house be slow? It's so weird as all was well before I changed the drain pipes and it doesn't seem like anything I did would effect the drain process. S.
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On 1/15/2005 1:52 PM US(ET), Me took fingers to keys, and typed the following:

Hmmmm... I wonder what happened to that sponge I used to wipe up the mess around the drain before I put the new one in?
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Can you run a plumbing snake through the drain and trap? Perhaps some debris fell into the drainpipe while you were working on it..if so then hopefully you can clear up the clog. Hopefully it's not a tool or anything else solid that you wont be able to clear out easily.
How fast did it drain before you changed the tub?
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My guess? You dislodged a bunch of old nastys that collected in that trap and clogged it up. pull the trap and clean it out and you ought to be draining good as ever again.
Steve B.
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Ya know? That's exactly what it was. Not *in* the trap, but on the downstream side where it meets to vent up and drain down. Chock full o' nassssty little bits of ick from the inside of the pipes. Chopped it all out (love them old pipes!) and hopefully it'll be a quick job to replace. Not being naive, just optimistic! Thanks to all for your comments! S.
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