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    Fixing a Slow/Clogged Drain

    I am sure there are some qualified people on here to answer this, so I figured I would take a shot. I have a slow bathroom drain that has been slow on and off for a while. Plumbers have cleared it before, but it seems like the blockage is down in the pipes at least a few feet. It got slow again and my landlord is suggesting trying Draino/Liquid Plumber, but would this help at all given the blockage is down low?

    I took apart the fixture under the sink and cleaned out the pipes fairly thoroughly, but it seems the problem is deeper in the pipes. Suggestions without calling a plumber?



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    Re: Fixing a Slow/Clogged Drain

    sulphuric acid


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    Re: Fixing a Slow/Clogged Drain

    Have you tried a plunger? Is it a sink or bathtub? I have three women in my house, so a slow drain usually means hair. Liquid Plumbr will dissolve it, or if I'm impatient, I'll use a bent coat hanger. That can be a nasty business, though.


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    Re: Fixing a Slow/Clogged Drain

    Try drano or equivalent first from Lowes. It cannot be any harder on cast iron or whatever pipes you have than people reaming it out from your roof. Obviously it builds up time after time so your lines may be fairly flat. Maybe you have a dead mouse in the lines or a bush growing in with its roots.


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    Re: Fixing a Slow/Clogged Drain

    Quote Originally Posted by boone7247 View Post
    sulphuric acid
    A little Beano does wonders.


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    Re: Fixing a Slow/Clogged Drain

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    Re: Fixing a Slow/Clogged Drain

    My concern is that it is in the deeper pipes and am worried that the drain cleaner will get caught in the pipes directly under the sink and be a huge mess if a plumber indeed does need to be called. I have cleaned out drains before, but usually no more than a couple feet in. This might be corrosion in the pipes down below.



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    Re: Fixing a Slow/Clogged Drain

    Draino first then get a snake if that doesn't work, just had this problem with the washer drain not keeping up and overflowing the pipe and had to snake it out.



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    Re: Fixing a Slow/Clogged Drain

    Sounds like a snake is needed this time, but once you have it cleared, spray water from your garden hose in the drain(s) to keep them unclogged.



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    Re: Fixing a Slow/Clogged Drain

    you should avoid "drano's" if possible. Buy a snake, 15'-25' long, and use that. I know in this day and age of laziness the work might be tough, but it is what is needed.


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    Re: Fixing a Slow/Clogged Drain

    Snake or a wire clothes hanger or plunger and hot water. If its that bad where those dont work drano of any kind wont do much.


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    Re: Fixing a Slow/Clogged Drain

    I start with hot water just in case you can loosen it. Then I try a snake.

    Hint regarding kitchen sinks. Don't put a lot of potato peels down a disposal. They tend to clog beyond the disposal. We had to get a plumber - the clog was beyond the length of our snake.



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    Re: Fixing a Slow/Clogged Drain

    Try a plunger first. I'd say drano is a last option if your house is old.



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    Re: Fixing a Slow/Clogged Drain

    Quote Originally Posted by Swanson10 View Post
    you should avoid "drano's" if possible. Buy a snake, 15'-25' long, and use that. I know in this day and age of laziness the work might be tough, but it is what is needed.
    Thanks for the advice. No problem doing the hard work, just have to figure out the right tools, and I will probably have to buy a good snake to get down there.



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