- slow draining bath
My bath has suddenly started to drain very slowly. I have taken out all the waste water pipes under the bath and cleaned them out. I have also snaked down 5m away from the bath but the problem persists. When all the pipes are drained and cleared if I add around 100ml of water this backs up and drains very slowly suggesting there is an issue with the trap. It all looks fine and undamaged. Is an air blockage with the trap a potential issue?Posted 4 years agoandylMember
yup, get outside and check the drains if you can and see if you can find how far the backing up extends to.
If you’ve got two plungers use one to seal over the overflow and then really go to town on the plug hole , just be careful you don’t blow any joints apart if you’ve just had them all undone.Posted 4 years agodylsMember
Do you have a vertical stack/pipe on the outside of your house where all the waste pipes go into?
Disconnect the bathroom waste from this stack and see if any water comes out, if not try and put the bath water on.
I wouldnt expect the bathroom waste pipe to be that long tbh.Posted 4 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
Get a length of tube over the plug hole, about 1m, & fill that. Increased head might clear the blockage.Posted 4 years ago
Plunging can reek all sorts of havoc if joints come apart unseen.
Can you get the shower nozzle close enough ?
Ours drains slowly sometimes, but holding the shower nozzle so it’s blasting into the drainer on jet mode, seems to fix it.pihaMember
I had a similar problem and I was told by a plumber friend to borrow/hire an industrial waterproof vacuum cleaner. Reasoning is that the blockage probably went down the pipes, so try to remove it by bringing it back up the pipes. I then went round every sink and drain in the house with the vacuum deviceuntil the blockage had disappeared. IIRC it was a nasty build up of soap and hair.Posted 4 years agogrim168Member
b and Q sell bottles of drain unblocking fluid. Its a yellow bottle and costs about a tenner.Can’t remember the make and it’s not on their website. It’s the only thing that has worked on our slow draining shower. I use that left for 24 hours then a couple of kettles full of boiling water and it works. I’d even tried the karcher to clear ours. Don’t get it on your hands as mine started tingling so it cant be healthy. Think the bottle states money back guarantee if it doesn’t work so nothing to lose really.Posted 4 years agoglobaltiMember
Have you got a wife with long hair who washes her hair in the bath? Is she in her forties or fifties with thinning hair?
That hair is collecting somewhere. The six-monthly removal of a huge plug of hair and grease from the shower trap is one maintenance job that makes me feel sick.Posted 4 years agoburnsybhoyMember
b and Q sell bottles of drain unblocking fluid. Its a yellow bottle and costs about a tenner.Can’t remember the make and it’s not on their website. It’s the only thing that has worked on our slow draining shower. I use that left for 24 hours then a couple of kettles full of boiling water and it works. I’d even tried the karcher to clear ours. Don’t get it on your hands as mine started tingling so it cant be healthy. Think the bottle states money back guarantee if it doesn’t work so nothing to lose really.
It’s called “One Shot” and the tingling on your skin is Sulphuric Acid.Posted 4 years agotonydMember
This happens to us fairly regularly and is always down to a build up of hair. If you’re able to remove the grate part of the plug do so, then give it a few plunges before ‘ripping’ the plunger off. This should move the blockage back up towards the plug hole, rinse and repeat and eventually you’ll be able to grab the hairball with fingers (which is where removing the grate helps).
Edit: Same as globaltiPosted 4 years agoVan HalenMember
plug the bath overflow when plunging. plunge with the pipe and bath full of hot water.
if drain cleaner isnt getting past the trap then put more in so it does… we ahve some caustic soda stuff thats bloody evil but actually works.
the joys of a house full of long haired girlsPosted 4 years ago
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