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Old 09-30-2015, 10:14 AM   #1
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Slow Draining Shower

Our shower is draining very slowly. Gray tank valve is open, so it is not a sign of a full tank. I can only speculate years of the DW's hair is clogging the p-trap. Any recommendations on a safe drain cleaner?

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BrassCraft Zip-It Bath and Sink Hair Snare-BC00400 - The Home Depot

After that, run some boiling hot water down it to help rinse down the soap slug that may be there too....
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Soap and hair. The zip-it will clean the trap, and then Liquid Plumber will dissolve the rest. Your best bet-- if you have access-- is to disassemble the trap and clean it by hand. Not fun, but effective.

In the future, be sure you have a SS screen in every drain to catch any hair or solids. Available in any hardware or home center. Buy a 3- pack-- lg, med, sm will cover all the sinks in the RV.


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Soap and hair. The zip-it will clean the trap, and then Liquid Plumber will dissolve the rest. Your best bet-- if you have access-- is to disassemble the trap and clean it by hand. Not fun, but effective.

In the future, be sure you have a SS screen in every drain to catch any hair or solids. Available in any hardware or home center. Buy a 3- pack-- lg, med, sm will cover all the sinks in the RV.

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Amen, I have them in all the drains in the house also. You would be shocked how much goop gets in them in a short amount of time. I clean mine out with a high pressure spray from the garden hose once a week.
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Liquid Plum-R worked well in our shower drain.
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Slow Draining Shower

I ended up buying a bottle of Liquid-Plumer that came packaged with one of those plastic hair snares. I figured I'd cover both bases just in case. I tried the hair snare first and I was shocked at the amount of hair it pulled out - it was disgusting! I can't believe the drain worked at all. I didn't need the Liquid-Plumer. I'll be buying screens as soon as we get home.

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....... shocked at the amount of hair it pulled out ........ I didn't need the Liquid-Plumer........

USE THE LIQUID PLUMBER!!!!! Pour a good healthy amount down the drain slowly, so it will fill the trap and beyond. Leave it for a while to do the job.

The zip-it just pulled out the big, gross clumps, and now it SEEMS to flow much more freely. I guarantee there are smaller clumps and strands of hair all mixed up with some truly awful goop still lining the pipe walls all the way through the trap and beyond, and this godawful mix will act like a glue to attract anything that comes along, assuring you of a recurring clog.

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"Gadget Man"....... I know you got it cleaned out, but look closely at the drain. The last two RVs I've had, had double covers. One choke drain cover that popped off and a secondary drain cover underneath.
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"Gadget Man"....... I know you got it cleaned out, but look closely at the drain. The last two RVs I've had, had double covers. One choke drain cover that popped off and a secondary drain cover underneath.

I think mine has only one, but I'll look closely to make sure. Thanks Don.

We just home today, so I'll have more time now to mess with it. I'll go ahead and pour in the Liquid-Plumer as well.

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Is Liquid Plummer safe on a plastic RV drain into a holding tank?
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I use liquid plumber gel whenever the bath vanity or shower drains starts to slow. Seems to do the job.
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BrassCraft Zip-It Bath and Sink Hair Snare-BC00400 - The Home Depot

After that, run some boiling hot water down it to help rinse down the soap slug that may be there too....

Another vote for the Zip-It! Great tool to have! BTW, the instructions say "one-time use only". Don't believe it! That's just a legal thing to protect them in case some idiot cuts himself on the sharp barbs!
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