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Old 08-30-2011, 01:42 PM   #1
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Shower Drains Slowly

Our shower drains so slowly that the water is up to our ankles. Any ideas on how to fix this?

Pretty sure the shower drains into the gray water. We keep the gray water valve open and the black water closed.

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I use a plunger to clean the shower drain/trap.

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I use a hose with a nozzle and just remove the drain cover and point the nozzle full blast down the drain----done.
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Using a snake to clean pipe

We had our sink drain slow to a stop. We are in McKinney, TX. What we found was a calcium build-up in the pipe. We used a snake through the pipes to break it free. (By we, I mean my husband.) Works great now. Maybe your water also has lots of minerals.
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pull off dran cover it pop right off it is full of hair
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:23 AM   #6
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My shower was draining slowly also, I found it was clogged by a hair clog, I went to a local hardware store in the plumbing dept. I talk to sales guy and I got a gizzy called a zip-it. It is about 18" long and looks like a nylon tie with teeth, it worked like a charm. Kevin
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Never heard of the zip-it. Sounds interesting. I have simply removed the "P-Trap" and cleaned it. Soap scum and hair... ugghhh. Slicker n a whistle when it is thoroughly cleaned.
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There should be a "p" trap on the drain and accessible from one of your basement compartments. If so, place a bucket under it and remove it like you would the sink at home.
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The Zip It tool worked great. No need to open the "P" trap! Thank you guys.
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The "P" trap for our shower is not easily accessible, too far away for my Zip-it thingy either. I poured half a bottle of hair and soap scum remover in the drain, allowed it to sit overnight and it runs now runs freely.

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