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After getting the drains cleared, I've used BioKleen to good effect - keeps them from re-cloging
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On 12/22/2014 11:37 AM, Baxter wrote:

I tried the "Bio" cleaners too and actually thought they were working. I used them before I had a problem, brand new home. But then one day the drain got slow and slower and slower over the course of about 18 months, and I was still using the Bio cleaner monthly.
The vinegar and baking soda opened it up like new after two over night applications. I now just pour vinegar in the drain and let sit over night each month.
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On Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:12:05 +0000, Puckdropper wrote:

Yes. I forgot to mention that.
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On Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:29:47 -0500, Keith Nuttle wrote:

The drain or the stall itself is about all that's left. Further exploration is on my to-do list.

No, but remember it was leaking under the seal/stopper and going into the drain at about one quart an hour. Might even have evaporated on the way down :-).
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On Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:33:01 -0500, Mike Marlow wrote:

That's a good idea. Don't know if I can see that without a little dismantling.
Even before it shows up in the basement, I get leakage out from under the shower stall so it'd have to be pretty high up.
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On Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:50:25 -0600, Dave Balderstone wrote:

That was on the list as the very next test.
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On Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:46:54 -0600, Leon wrote:

I can attest to the vinegar. Cleared out a bathroom sink my wife had clogged with hair. Using a drain cleaner didn't do it.
BTW, I've read that combining baking soda (alkaline) with the vinegar (acid) adds a little turbulence but also neutralizes the acid in the vinegar. But others swear it works.
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On 12/22/2014 1:06 PM, Larry Blanchard wrote:

That is what I used, baking soda. I pour in vinegar, pour in baking soda, pour in more baking soda and shut the drain. Next morning I flushed hot water. Opened it right up doing this two nights in a row.
What the heck are they putting in tooth paste these days. That is all that has gone down a 2 year old drain. Nothing helped until I used vinegar and baking soda.
This combination worked in about 1 hour on a disposal with sweet potato skins too. That took two applications also.
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On Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:10:21 +0000 (UTC), Larry Blanchard

How well caulked is the shower valve, is there a gasket for it. Be sure to leave the lower 30 degrees for drainage. Those would be my first checks.
Mark
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On 12/22/2014 11:47 PM, Leon wrote:

I have found that a cup of TIDE laundry soap in the drain works as well as anything. Add the soap and let it set as long as possible, then flush it out.
Laundry soaps are designed to dissolve oils and proteins from human skin. Usually that is what clogs a drain. Especially the big ones.
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Vinegar will do the same plus it will kill algie, a common drain stopper upper from the the AC condensation drain line that ties into a sink. Add baking soda and you get a foaming action.
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