Moved in to new house. The shower drains very slowly. This is a tiled
shower stall, not a tub.
I tried using liquid plumber; no luck.
I can do a fair number of home repair projects, but have done very
little with plumbing and drains. Do I want to try to rent a snake and
mess with this myself? Or just call a plumber?
If I do it myself, tips hints and instructions would be appreciated.
Most likely hair build up in drain. Before you tackle it make sure that
caustic drain cleaner you used is well rinsed out! If it is hair it is
probably in the first elbow or trap.
If not a clog in the drain then you might be looking at a poor vent or
All good advice. First you look at the trap. It is an S-shaped pipe
underneath every sink or drain in my house and probably yours. Could
be in the basement or crawl space maybe in a wall. It should be
hand-tight and easily dissasembled. Be ready with bucket to catch the
sludge. There should be hair and stuff in the trap. Clean it out and
use gloves if you wish cause it's nasty. Or use a coat hanger like
that guy said to hook the hair and drag it out. If that don't work
then get back to us.
If the house is new, and not just new to you, then contact the builder,
it is his problem not yours.
Yea, it would have been luck if it worked. All those things are luck if
the work, or seem to work. It is far better to really fix a problem than
use them. (see below)
Well you need to decide what YOU want to do. I would buy a small snake
if I did not already have one and clean it out myself. You might want to
call a plumber. Chances are a simple snaking will take care of it. Note:
remember that you used those chemicals and they are still there. They will
make your job more difficult and dangerous. I would want to get that stuff
out of there and well flushed before I used the snake. I don't even have
any of that stuff in my home.
If not then call the plumber. Do please tell them about the Liquid
Plumber you used, as it can be a danger to them when they are working on it.
Also note it can be a danger for you as well.
Get a DIY book at the hardware store. It will cover with photos the
basic procedure. The book will be handy to have around in the future.
Thanks for the help, all.
I tried the coat hangar trick and got a fair sized wad of hair, but it
still drained slowly.
I went to Menard's and got a cheap 15' snake. It might have been about
5' in when I retrieved what initially looked like a very large rat,
but was actually a gigantic loathsome mass of hair and random sewer
Shower drains great now.
Thanks for the tips and hints.
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