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Old 10-29-2013, 11:18 PM   #1
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Slow Shower Drain

our shower drains slow in our fifth wheel. doesn't seem clogged, but like it isn't vented correctly. if I run water directly into the drain it goes down no problem, but while taking a shower it will drain real slow. tried hot water down drain, baking soda and vinegar..... no change. tried with tank open and closed.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:24 PM   #2
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In a shower drain, it's usually hair. You might try one of these, you'll be surprised how much it catches!

Zip It 00412BL Cobra Drain Cleaning Tool: Plumbing Tools : Walmart.com

It could also be a problem of a shallow slope to the drain line, you might try to see if it is sloped to help drain. It's rather tough to change if it is the problem, try the Cobra first.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:26 PM   #3
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I 2nd the Zip-it tool.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:48 AM   #4
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At $7.95 for a 5 cent piece of plastic, I'll continue to use my bent coat hanger for snagging hair in the drain.

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Old 11-02-2013, 11:09 AM   #5
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Get the Zip It Tool and run it up and down the shower drain and remove the hair clogs while others are still bending coat hangers.
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:26 AM   #6
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"while others are still bending coat hangers".....lets see.....I already have a bent coat hanger, or I can cut and bend a new one in 2 minutes or I can get the "proper" tool for the complex job of getting hair outta the shower drain, by driving to the store and back...hmmm

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I tried one of those zip tools and it got stuck!

I always used a small plunger and had good results.
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My lav and shower drains were slow. Used a dose of Drano, the new gel type. Problem resolved.
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:29 PM   #9
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"while others are still bending coat hangers".....lets see.....I already have a bent coat hanger, or I can cut and bend a new one in 2 minutes or I can get the "proper" tool for the complex job of getting hair outta the shower drain, by driving to the store and back...hmmm
If you do ever use a Zip you will never go back to a coat hanger.
The Zip will pull out more hair on one use, then a coat hanger will in many tries.
Zip only $4.70 including shipping. And you don't even have to drive to the store.
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If you do ever use a Zip you will never go back to a coat hanger.
The Zip will pull out more hair on one use, then a coat hanger will in many tries.
Zip only $4.70 including shipping. And you don't even have to drive to the store.
I tried the zip at home in the S&B and it worked well but it was too nasty to clean and hair just doesn't come off. Do you use once and throw away? I thought it would be a reusable tool but just ended up tossing it.
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Once I got our drain cleaned out I bought one of those round convex screens that fit into the shower drain. Periodically, I take it outside and clean it off with hose and nozzle.

As to the yuk factor of one of the flexible cleaning sticks, cleaning one is an unpleasant task but can be done. A few leftover hanger-ons won't bother the effectiveness the next time it's used.
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recap

got the zip it.. no hair. discovered it was the drain cap. no idea why, but with it removed and just a cheap hair catcher over it, it drains fine.
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