Make sure the trap is filled with water. Wet a rag of cloth, cover the
overflow with the _wet_ cloth, get a wet/dry vac and suck the trap out.
Repeat making sure the trap is filled with water, and make sure the
cloth covering the overflow is wet.
Maybe that's because the last empty space, the last hole through the
clog, finally got filled.
If hair is the problem, as all of you say, they selll a flexible plastic
stick maybe 1/8 or so in diameter with plastic barbs on it, so you push
it in like you did your wire, and pull it out (read the directions) and
it has several hooks along its length and sounds pretty good.
I had long hair in the late 60's but I've never had a clog.
Every older drum trap I ever worked on had a brass cover. More than
once I had to chisel the cap apart, and buy a new cap. Some places
later sold plastic caps, which were less likely to get stuck. And for
PVC pipes, they later made PVC drum traps. (which did not get stuck).
I'm retired so I dont do much plumbing work anymore except my own stuff,
but I have not seen drum traps used on new construction for years. I
dont think they worked as well as intended.
If you do open a drum trap, put lots of grease on the threads of the cap
when you put the old (or a new) cap back on. (vaseline works too).
had the plumber come visit the 2nd floor bathroom.
my mother told me that he just used this vacuum gun in the drain hole
and out came the hair & soap scum.
I think this is the equipment he used based on her description.
She thought they used one of those power snake equipment, plumber said
not for this type of job anymore, much easier to use the gun.
I can see why after seeing the video.
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