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Windows 7: Shower drain unblocker.

04 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro X64
 
 
Shower drain unblocker.

This is the 2nd time the shower has been blocked. Firstly there's not enough 'slope' to get the momentum of the waste to flow and secondly, its hair + dead skin that's stuck.

I have tried rodding it, plunging it, but just wont shift. My only option is going to the local plumbing store and asking for the harshest chemical ever to eat away the hair and dead skin.

Dose anyone have any home secrets they use to get rid of blockages.

The water is draining VERY SLOWLY and i need a shower tonight... I dont want dead skin floating around my feet.

Thanks
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04 Jul 2010   #2
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

Bleach? Lol
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04 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

The old hair and soap clog with some skin cells just for good measure.
You will want something flexible like a drain snake to get through the p trap. (The U shaped fitting that keeps sewer gas in the pipe.) You can rent a large electric snake (probably not on Sunday) from most rental places. Or purchase a smaller hand cranked one from a hardware store. Remove the drain cover and feed the snake down while cranking.
It doesn't take much grade or slope to get water to drain. But if the pipe is full of stuff a 45 degree angle won't help. Have fun!
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04 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

Mr Muscle Sink and Drain Cleaner.

You either have a lot of people who use the shower over a short period or it's not cleaned on a regular basis if it's that blocked up.
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04 Jul 2010   #5

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Take it from me as an old Engineer -- short of actually unscrewing the connecting drain pipe and removing the blockage the only other possible option is to pour some Caustic Soda down the drain --- TAKE CARE HANDLING THIS AS IT REALLY WILL BURN YOUR SKIN.

Before using the shower again and after it's unblocked flush the shower with loads of water to remove all traces of the Caustic soda.

Please take GREAT CARE however when handling this stuff.

Cheers
jimbo
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04 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dannyboy2005 View Post
This is the 2nd time the shower has been blocked. Firstly there's not enough 'slope' to get the momentum of the waste to flow and secondly, its hair + dead skin that's stuck.

I have tried rodding it, plunging it, but just wont shift. My only option is going to the local plumbing store and asking for the harshest chemical ever to eat away the hair and dead skin.

Dose anyone have any home secrets they use to get rid of blockages.

The water is draining VERY SLOWLY and i need a shower tonight... I dont want dead skin floating around my feet.

Thanks
This is what I have done that has worked very well.

First buy some Liquid Plummer, Draino or equal drain cleaner. Double the recommend dose and add about 1 hour of time to it. Boil ~ 2 gallons (4 liters) of water. Once the time has elapsed for the drain cleaner, run the water as hot as it will get for about 5 minutes. When the 5 minutes is up pour the 4 liters of boiling water down the drain. This should clear everything. Good Luck.
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04 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Take it from me as an old Engineer -- short of actually unscrewing the connecting drain pipe and removing the blockage the only other possible option is to pour some Caustic Soda down the drain --- TAKE CARE HANDLING THIS AS IT REALLY WILL BURN YOUR SKIN.

Before using the shower again and after it's unblocked flush the shower with loads of water to remove all traces of the Caustic soda.

Please take GREAT CARE however when handling this stuff.

Cheers
jimbo
Yes, please take care in doing this and do take into consideration that Causitc Soda is NOT safe on all drain pipes.
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04 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Please everyone be careful with chemical drain cleaners in your tub/shower drains. You can end up standing or sitting in any chemicals that don't make it all the way to the treatment plant. That being said, all drain water ends up in a waterway down the line. Drano is not very green. Most chemical drain cleaners are made for sinks and are labeled so. I like the easy way as much as anyone, but I will dig soapy hairballs out of the shower drain. Your welcome for that mental picture.
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06 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7 Pro X64
 
 

Quote:
Caustic Soda down the drain


I read up on this stuff and is mostly suitable for kitchen drains where there's fat and food stuck. This stuff softens it up.

I made my own solution. I used my metal snake/ prodded to try and pull out all the hair, only a little bit came out.

I then blasted the power shower hose (Removed head for even more pressure) down the whole (Removed plug obv) and this bought up loads of dirt that swam around in the try where you stand. Absolutely loads of S*it.

I packed baking soda right down the pipe and added white vinegar then KABOOM the solution foamed up everywhere.

I then washed this all way with the power showers house and repeated the step again with Bi-carb soda and same reults.

I did this twice more with both mixes and rinsing the drain out each time.

It seems problem is fixed. It can take loads and loads of water and never gets flooded. I saved my self £80 as i didn't need a plumber.


P.s. Taking the pipes apart was my last option if the above didn't work. I didn't want to cut through the neat silicon that act's as a filler where the valance and the tiles meet and there's only about 6" of movement when you put your hands under the shower tray. All in all, took about 90 minutes.

Thanks All
Dan
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06 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

Glad you have it sorted, just remember now to do it on regular basis, once a week, so it doesn't get so clogged up again.
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