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Old 01-06-2009, 04:11 PM   #1
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Question How do you all clear a clogged drain?

I got one of those in my master shower.. I've tried everything and it clears it then clogs up again. I was watching HSN and they have Professor Amos on there with his miracle drain cleaner for $29.99 plus $6.99 for shipping then the tax almost $40 for a drain cleaner. I say I don't think so.

I still say white Vinegar and Baking Soda should do the trick even pour down some Cascade Power Wash from the dishwasher since it has enzymes to break up grease and dirt. I also just got from the internet since Home Depot doesn't carry Zep 505 Heavy Duty Cleaner Degreaser. They sent me Industrial Strength 505 but the Zep Customer service told me it's the same newer product.

What do you all use.. Beside calling Roter rooter.. Or doing your own snaking down the pipe..
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:38 PM   #2
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I've never had a clogged drain! My son has when a tree worked its roots into his drain pipe. He had to snake it several times. He fixed it by selling the house.
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I've never had a clogged drain! My son has when a tree worked its roots into his drain pipe. He had to snake it several times. He fixed it by selling the house.
Thanks it's not a root problem it's more of hair down the drain... What you speak of a buddy of mine had that problem last month! It finally cost him over $3,000 to fix the problem. But it ended up with sewer backup in his basement..
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:31 PM   #4
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I use stuff called Clobber.. It's the best thing I ever used.. The only draw back is that you have to be a contractor to get it.. Good thing Dad owns his own buisness.. lol
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i dump draino pipe cleaner (foam), let it sit for about 20-30 mins and than pour a pot of boiling water directly down the drain. works everytime...
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Drain King. Hook it up to the hose and turn on the faucet:

http://www.handihome.com.au/drain_king.htm

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Chlorine bleach (Clorox) is the main ingredient in many drain cleaners and a plumber once told me to pour a pint down the drains monthly and let it sit overnight. IT WORKS! It will clear clogs too.
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I've used Chlorox too, L2W. You're right it does work too. But the Drain King is instantaneous.Just make sure to get all of the rubber piece inside the drain!
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Liquid Plumr.
It's been around since the 1960s I think.
Ever heard of it ?

No, I didn't spell plumber wrong, that's how they spell it on the bottle.
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One of my best friends was a plumber. That was his nickname.
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The drain king won't work the drain is too small. I am tired of taking a shower and have a pond at my feet. I'll try some of the suggestions above though most of that is here already thanks..
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Sulfuric acid. Just be carefull.
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The drain king won't work the drain is too small. I am tired of taking a shower and have a pond at my feet. I'll try some of the suggestions above though most of that is here already thanks..
Last time that happened in my shower drain at my old house I HAD to snake it.. I went through bottles of bleach, liquid plumr, boiling water and even tried plunging for an hour or 2. Luckily it was a first floor bathroom w/ an unfinished basement so I could pull the plug from the bottom of the trap and stuff the snake in through there and not have to work the snake through the trap. The clog was waaaay past the trap and it was a disgusting mess of hair and smelly sludge. I hope it NEVER happens to me again!!!!
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Last time that happened in my shower drain at my old house I HAD to snake it.. I went through bottles of bleach, liquid plumr, boiling water and even tried plunging for an hour or 2. Luckily it was a first floor bathroom w/ an unfinished basement so I could pull the plug from the bottom of the trap and stuff the snake in through there and not have to work the snake through the trap. The clog was waaaay past the trap and it was a disgusting mess of hair and smelly sludge. I hope it NEVER happens to me again!!!!
I've clear it prior but it comes right back and I've used dual gel action crap and the stuff you get at the $1 store seems to work. Still need hot water. The problem with drains you need to keep and eye on them other wise it builds up again.
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Okay I just finished,

1. removed the drain screw from trap screen
2. remove some goo crap mostly hair oily soap scum
3. poured into a microwave container about 2 cups of white vinegar
4. heated that up for 2 cup mode
5. took out a box of baking soda
6. microwave dinged
7. added some 3 tbs table salt to the very hot white vinegar
8. poured about 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain it just couldn't hold more
9. started to pour in the very hot white vinegar with table salt mix on top

Now from this point you can hear and see the action of the 3 products working
I had kept on pouring the very hot white vinegar kind of wait and pour mode

Now everything clear up and the drain was free, just to top it off I had poured some more baking soda into the drain it just kept on pouring some more stopped! Then poured in the rest of the hot vinegar and salt in the drain along with 2 cups of hot water tap free flow action!

Cleared now.. I going to regularly keep on doing this once a month to keep that free..

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