drain care causes more backup?

Discussion in 'Drain Cleaning' started by nolroz, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. nolroz

    nolroz New Member

    Oct 9, 2007
    For the past week or so I have been trying to speed up a slow shower drain with Zep drain care. I have used 3 doses over the past three days and saw some improvement. I then dumped boiling water down the drain in hopes of further loosening up the blockage, after letting it fully drain and sit, I flushed the drain with more warm water and then added another dose of drain care and left it.

    I cleaned up after dinner (using the garbage disposal a little) and went to the bathroom where I noticed that the drain was now full of blackish water and more was coming up whenever someone ran the water in the kitchen.

    I guess I did dislodge something, but these are less than the results I was hoping for!

    Ive heard of the hose method, but I live in a small apt and that could be difficult and messy.

    The shower drains slowly so I could still use more of the drain care, hoping that the bacteria eventually get down to the base of the plug, but I dunno.

    Oh, and when I went to try and snake the drain a while ago I discovered that the drain does a 90 right at the beginning so I couldn't get the snake to fit down into the actual pipe.

    I don't really want to call the plumber if I can get away with it, but I would also like to shower some time soon.

    Any ideas or advice would be great
  2. markts30

    markts30 Commercial Plumber

    Sep 25, 2006
    Commercial Plumber
    Phoenix, AZ
    Check to see if your landlord is responsible for drain care as you are in an apartment...
    I would not try anything else because, if you cause damage to your unit or someone else's, you could be held financially responsible for the repairs required...
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  4. nolroz

    nolroz New Member

    Oct 9, 2007
    thanks for the response

    Hey, thanks for the response, actually, I went back and tried to rinse the crud out, and while I was rinsing, something popped and now it runs great!
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