Re: Bathtub drain...big problem?
Posted by e-plumber on March 22, 2004 at 10:03:38:
In response to Re: Bathtub drain...big problem?
: Hello,

: My 50+ year old, post-war tract home with slab plumbing has a bathtub plumbing problem. The tub stopped draining. I had a plumber come out and try to snake it from the access panel. I had removed the coupling so he had a straight shot. His snake went in about 1-1/2 to 3 feet and stopped. He couldn't clear whatever the obstruction was. In fact his snake broke. He said that the cast iron pipe had probably rusted closed or the pipe may have become disconnected at the t-junction. He said that we had to remove the old cast iron tub. I know all about the sledge hammer tub removal routine as my neighbor had done that several years ago. I was wondering if there was an interim solution like an auger with a drill or do I need to "suck it up" and fork out 1500-2500 dollars for a complete replacement?
: Thank you, in advance, for your response.

Reply:
It sounds like the plumbers snake cable didn't jump the bathtub drain trap. I find that a General 1/4" DDH (double down head) cable will generally go through the trap without a problem, under normal conditions. Before you fork over the big bucks, have another plumber try to snake the line with the right equipment. More than 90% of drain lines can be cleared by proper snaking.
Good Luck. e-plumber


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