Re: Drum traps
Posted by Scott Armentrout on May 19, 2002 at 08:17:20:
In response to Re: Drum traps
We live in an older house in Baltimore with drum traps for two bathtubs. One of the tubs - the down hill one - drains very slowly, and I suspect there is 50 + years of hair and other buildup in the drum trap. My plumber advises that we not try to open it, as we will never get it sealed up again. I have tried large amounts of liquid drain cleaner/hair declogger/"Drain Care" powdered cleaner. In each case I have used sufficient amounts to get the cleaner beyond the "U" trap and into the drum trap. Occasionally there is some bit of improvement, but it does not last long.
I can't see how a snake could get into the drum or what good it might do if it could.
Removing the drum trap would require cutting a hole in the ceiling from the room below.
Does anyone have a suggestion as to what I might do next other than taking the extreme step of cutting it out?
Thanks. Scott Armentrout

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