I'm looking for suggestions on how to clear a drain of clogged hair.
The bathroom in my flat has an electric pump, for pumping the waste water
(ie toilet and shower) to the waste pipe for the block. The pump is next to
the toilet and about 4' from the shower drain.
It all worked great when new, but since then hair has got down the shower
drain and clogged it all up. What's the best way to clear the hair?
I've heard a) bleach b) sulphuric acid (which appears to be mostly not
recommended...) and various manual techniques. Unfortunately, with the
position of the pump, there's not much chance of getting a pipe cleaner down
there from the shower. So.... help!
You probably mean you won't have to pay for it if the guy admits he
screwed it up and doesn't convince himself "It was shot anyway" to
justify charging you for fixing whatever broke. At least that's the way
it seems to work around here, maybe you are located where the nicer
Is this a basement or below-grade flat? Cos it sounds like what you've got is
an ejection pump (US-speak) setup, which is used when the drain is either
beneath or insufficiently above the main drain stack.
Depends on where the hair clog is. Have you opened the pump and confirmed that
the hair is clogging the pump/impeller?
If the impeller blades or intakes are clogged, manual cleaning is required.
And you'll need to open the pump housing. If the clog is in the pipes leading
up to the pump you can try a wet-dry vacuum cleaner. Fill the pipe with clean
water and vacuum. Lather, rinse, repeat.
If you know the make of the ejection pump see if it's rated for drain-cleaning
solution (this side of the pond reference - Liquid Plumber or equivalent).
I strongly suspect that the impeller blades are clogged though, which mean
you'll either have to have the unit replaced or, at the least, professionally
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