Drum Traps

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Steven Graham, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. Steven Graham

    Steven Graham New Member

    Oct 2, 2005
    Our bathroom tub has an old drum trap in the floor that serves the tub and bathroom sink. Our home was built in the 1920s and the trap is probably the original. We are constantly having trouble with slow drainage. Drain cleaners provide some relief but only temporarily. Access to the trap is through a small hole which was drilled by a plumber since he was unable to access the top of the trap. It serves as access for a snake but is not convient.

    Is there a better to way to clean it out, or even better, is there a replacement part that I can install.
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    A wet vac should help. Plug the overflow on the tub, and vacuum from the drain.
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  4. plumber1

    plumber1 Plumber

    Aug 7, 2005

    Can you actually see two drains going through the trap?
    Is it a cast iron drum trap or a second story cast iron p-trap?
    How do you know that both drains go through the one trap if you can't see more than a small hole in the floor?
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