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    Default Best bathtub drain declogger??

    Just did it with some gel two weeks ago and now it is slow again. ANy one know a good product? I am sure it is just hair buildup but I thought after doing it with this product (can't remember the name) it would stay good for a while. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Best bathtub drain declogger??

    try the foam stuff. I can't remember the name of it, but the bottle looks like 2 separate bottles joined together.

    Also, your tub drain and sink drain probably join somewhere. Your problem may be in the place they join. That happens a lot to us.
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    Thanks, Allie. The sink was really slow to drain too. We put the gel down both. Will look at the store. Should just buy a snake.

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    Yeah, I've been thinking about buying a snake too. Our toilet is starting to have trouble flushing solids down and there may be something in the trap, that we need to fish something out of there.
    When our tub totally stops draining, we put a water hose down the drain, stop up the extra space with a rag, and let 'er blow. Most of the time, the dirty water will come up into the sink, so we know where the clog is. I'm not suggesting that you do that, because it takes 2 people and can make a big mess, depending on how your pipes and air vents are hooked into each other.

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    Default Re: Best bathtub drain declogger??

    A bent wire hanger works well on drains, especially if it's mainly just hair build up.
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    We get some kind of acid from the hardware sotre, you have to sign and show id when you buy it. It smells awfull, but a little but does the trick. Just go to the hardware store and ask them for a professional grade drain cleaner, and be carfull not to get it on yourself.

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    We used to have this blaster thing that you put over the drain so it sort of made a seal and did the blaster handle and it blasted air down the drain. Worked every time. Wonder whatever happened to that cool thing?

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    I juuust read that vinegar doesn't help hair build up, and that baking soda can actually worsen a drain. That's what we'd use ....
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    Default Re: Best bathtub drain declogger??

    My mom always put a cup or so of bleach down each drain weekly .. and it kept everything clear most of the time (except when the septic pipe actually broke). I was better about doing that when I had a septic system, but it really does a good job of maintenance .. won't clear a clog though.

    There's a powdery/crystal product called "Thrift" at some plumbing supply stores that does a great job of clearing the crud out of pipes .. the old houses that were our last office setup were notorious for problems, so the handyman used Thrift regularly, and we were threatened about flushing any hygiene products .. One plumber was "kind" enough to fish them out and lay them in an attractive array for display, and that pretty well solved that part of the problem!

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    We have a septic system and my DH won't let me use any bleach. He says it kills the bacteria that is needed down there. It makes it hard to clean like I want to.

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