Commercial cleaners, acid or caustic will not hurt pipes.
My tub did get so bad once that I had to use router which would not work
for me and I got a plumber. I should have looked on line for
instructions on tub as drains are not what one might suspect.
I tried chemical drain cleaners with limited success. Then I found a
Peerless "Zip-It" drain cleaner that worked very well. I use it about
once a year. In just a few minutes you are done. There is no waiting
for chemicals to dissolve anything!
Take a look at
and <http://zipitclean.com/ . There may be others.
On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:54:02 PM UTC-4, Moe DeLoughan wrote:
IDK about the zip it, no experience there. But I agree with the part
about chemical drain cleaners not working. I've used a variety of them
over the years and I can't think of a single case where they solved the
problem. Theoretically, Draino or similar would probably eat up hair, but
in reality, what's in there is a gunk made up of soap, hair, grease, etc
and in my experience, the chemical drain cleaners don't work.
| Hey people, got this problem with the tub drain, and am wodering what I
| use on it. Any help is appreciated.
Snake it, or if the hair is caught in the drain
plug you might be able to get it with a wire
or coat hanger. Using strong chemicals is only
a solution on TV.
Tub drains are hard to snake, but if you are persistent...
I lived with a tub drain that was slow for years.
Tried all the pour in cleaners and never got anywhere.
After many fruitless attempts, I finally got a snake to turn the various
corners and got some of the junk out. You go in through the overflow
When we finally had the bathroom remodeled, I had as much of the
galvanized replaced with PVC as I could. The galvanized pipe was just
filled with crud, not much hair at all. I think that's why the
snake was more effective, it was knocking some of the crud out
of the pipe.
Hey, thank you for all the help, seriously. Ended up pulling out a piece of
pipe and going directly into the line behind the tub with a small snake.
Found a huge clot of hair, which was apparently the problem, as it did drain
once I replaced the afore-mentioned piece of pipe. Was still a little slow
though, and I finally remebered I used to use Crystal Draino with good
success. While I was at the hardware store getting the pipe I looked at
different chemical drain openers, and found one liquid with both sodium
hydroxide and potassium hydroxide, which I had never seen before (Liquid
Fire). That one claimed to damage porcelin etc and was not for use in
toilets. The Crystal Draino just said it contained caustic with stabilizers
and dye, and I suspect it is the same combination of Sodium and Potassium
hydroxide, as that would be a lot "hotter" than just sodium hydroxide by
itself (lye.) Got a can of that and added a couple tablespoons to still a
little slow drain and it worked wonders. Have never seen anything take so
much water without backing up.
So, I've got it working with a little help from the chemical dept, but it
was a crystal product I used rather than any of the pour-in liquids. Never
have trusted any of those. Thanks all for the asstance and encouragment.
Take it easy...
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