Well' the tub drain has been plugged for three days now, and the
family is getting kind of grubby. I fought with it all weekend.
Here's what I know/did: 80 year home, tub clogged. First tried drain
cleaner - no work. Then tried plunging - no work - but I did succeed
in causing a bunch of leaks around the tub drain which caused me to
replace the tub drain and overflow, but that's another story. Finally
discovered a clean-out in a linen closet adjacent to the bathroom.
Ascertained that the "U" from the tub to the clean-out is not clogged.
Tried to rout-out from the clean-out to wherever, maybe 15 feet, and
it's still plugged solid. My basement ceiling is plastered so I can't
see any piping except for what I tore up yesterday. Any ideas before
I call a plumber? How about drain cleaner from the clean-out to
Thanks in advance.
Rent a small powered drain clean auger: hand-held, looks like a drill.
(You can buy a snake-in-a-drum to fit on a drill but these are usually
too small for this job.)
I'm not a fan of the pipe-eating chemicals; you probably have
ancient galvanized iron drain pipe.
Maybe a longer snake? They also make expanding blubble gadgets to fit on the
end of a garden hose. Turn the water on, and the bubble expands and keeps
Longer snake sounds like a good idea.
Might also be able to get some drain cleaner into the pipe with a funnel and
a long, thin hose?
I'd say that's part of your problem. Having a ceiling in the basement
I recently used a mechanical drain cleaner (The Rigid tool one that
Home Depot sells for ~20-something bucks; I think it's 25 feet long).
I used it 5 times and got clumps of hair 3 times and nothing 2 times.
So you might need to try it a few times or use a longer one as someone
else already suggested.
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