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 Bathtub Slow Drain
Author: Sabs (MI)

I purchased a two story built in 1936. The 2nd floor bathtub drains slowly and quietly. I snaked out what I could pulling out a lot of hair and soap residue. When the shower or the tub faucets run and the tub is empty the drain keeps up. Any suggestions? I do have access to the plumbing through a wall access door. All the plumbing is galvanized. What can I look for to open the drain pipe and snake it?

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 Re: Bathtub Slow Drain
Author: packy (MA)

if you are lucky you will find a drum trap real close behind the panel. once open the sewer snake wire will slide right thru the outlet and into the old piping.
if it is a p-trap you will have to clean the drain from the tub overflow opening.

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 Re: Bathtub Slow Drain
Author: hj (AZ)

I have never heard of it "being lucky" to have a drum trap.

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 Re: Bathtub Slow Drain
Author: packy (MA)

i admit they can be difficult to remove the trap cover but once removed the snake wire will go right into the 'wide open' outlet fo easy cleaning. you can also trickle some water and watch it go down to make sure it is clear.
much easier than trying to navigate a wire down the overflow and thru a P trap.

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