I have a shower enclosure drain that stinks. It clears quite well. Not
clogged. I don't suspect that the vent pipe is clogged. However I do
think that the shower drain needs a thorough cleaning because if I look
at it closely, the walls of the drain pipe look black. I think 5 years
worth of gunk is stuck to the walls of the drain pipe. The problem
however, is that the drain stopper is not screwed but is glued on. How
do I clean such a drain without removing the drain-stopper. Are "drano"
type chemicals my only option?
I have a similar problem with my sink's overflow drain. Go to a pharmacy and
buy an ear syringe. Sometimes, they're marked as something for getting snot
out of a sick baby's nose, so you'll find them with baby bottles. Fill with
bleach, put in drain hole, and squirt hard. Obviously, you'll want to wear
gloves, and put a rag between the drain and your eyes, in case you hit some
unseen obstruction and the bleach heads in the wrong direction. You might
have to repeat this, but at least in my situation, it worked.
Do NOT get a "use for baby" ear syringe.
Or at least take it out of the box and squeeze the bulb.
One brand of them contains some kind of a "structure"
within it (you'll feel it through the rubber) -- I
find that type to be unusable.
Rather, get one that is just a bulb-with-nozzle,
that when you squeeze it, it compresses-in such
that the two walls touch. THAT type you can use.
Better, they come in two sizes, one about 1.5 in diameter,
one about 2.5 or 4 inches diameter. Get (or have druggest order)
the bigger one.
MY use for the things is for squirting into my nose.
There's this stuff, "Alkalol" (AL KA LOL), a "mucus
solvent", about $3 per 16-oz bottle; you mix it
three waters to one alkalol, add a wee bit of salt
to make it less alkaline (recall how your nose
can burn/hurt inside when you dive into a pool that doesn't
have enough "acid" put into it (recently) -- solves
Stuff works like a charm!
I put head *down* over a sink, squirt in some of it,
"snort" a bit (gets it into the sinuses?).
A real life-saver!
Lets you walk around (or sleep) without that thick
crud going down the back of your throat, making
you cough, etc.
Even though it's glued in, is there a hole in the center for a screw? Tub
drains often get clogged with hair and the strainers need to be removed so
you can get in there with a long pair of tweezers (or dynamite). It's hard
to believe the manufacturer of the drain didn't make provision for a
I would try a bucket or two of very hot water with a little Dawn and a
little bleach. I just cleaned the sink stopper in my bathroom of the
hair and attached slime .. only a month or two accumulation .. worst,
slimiest stuff there is. You can also fish in a narrow hook of some
sort (bent stiff wire or crochet hook) to see if there is hair hanging
on the drain. Drain cover plastic?
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