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Old 11-19-2015, 12:33 PM   #1
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Slow running stinking drains

In the process of cleaning up our new (used) motorhome, I have noticed that the drains for the sinks are full of grease? or who knows what and also the shower drain runs real slow. They also stink. Can you put DrainO or such down the drains or will this damage the pipes and holding tanks?
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Old 11-19-2015, 12:43 PM   #2
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In the process of cleaning up our new (used) motorhome, I have noticed that the drains for the sinks are full of grease? or who knows what and also the shower drain runs real slow. They also stink. Can you put DrainO or such down the drains or will this damage the pipes and holding tanks?
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Old 11-19-2015, 12:43 PM   #3
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I would stay away from drain cleaners.
Are all the drains slow? If so I would check to make sure the tank is vented properly.
You also might want to take the drains apart, clean them up and reinstall.
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Old 11-19-2015, 12:52 PM   #4
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Run lots of hot hot water down the sinks if you don't want to use chemicals. Get some forceps and pull all the hair out of the shower drain. Fill the gray tank and put some Ridex in and let it stand or a day or two. Then dump and flush. Another trick to clean the tanks is put ice down the toilet and drive a while then dump and flush. I speak from experience. It's gross to do but the end result is worth it.


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Old 11-19-2015, 01:06 PM   #5
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I know a lot of people swear that using ice cubes in their holding tanks keeps them clean. However the video below debunks that idea. FWIW.


Do Ice Cubes in the RV Black Tank Really Work?
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Maybe try vinegar and baking soda in the drains to see if it helps and rinse with lots of HOT water after it quits foaming. there is an inexpensive zip drain cleaner that works on hair too... saw it posted a year ago, believe Lowe's and Home depot both carried it.
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kitchen drains we take apart apart about every three months and use a water hose to blow out the gunk
then i use this device i created to attach the elbow and then use the pressure from a water hose to blast out the hidden pipe parts.

all the parts can be found at hoe depot or lowes or any plumbing store
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X2 on baking soda and vinegar. Let it sit over night and pour boiling waster down in morning.
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I use Liquid Plum-R. It will not harm your plumbing. Your drain system is made of the same materials as in a house. I have used zip-its, but they don't get everything out of the pipes.
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Slow running stinking drains

Nothing, ....nothing.... will clean everything out of your pipes. Those traps and pipes do an excellent job of trapping hair, fats, and grease as they cool and congeal on the way out of your sink or shower. The only way is to disassemble the under sink pipes and clean them out by hand. On the shower drain you can use a Zip-It first to pull out the large clumps of accumulated hair and grease. After cleaning, install an appropriately sized drop-in stainless steel strainer in each sink and shower drain. This will catch most of the hair and crud that would contribute to future clogs. Available at any good hardware.


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Often times the slow drain is caused merely by the soap suds temporarily slowing down the flow of waste in the pipes.
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If you are going to use DrainO they suggest using the crystals. I just cleared a grease clogged sink drain in a rental house we own and the crystals worked quite well.

Follow the instructions to the tee and it should work fine for you.
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I use a Zip-It to clean the hair and stuff. Then I use the gel type Drano.
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