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Roberto
New home / One year old / Draining second floor slow

My new home's second floor bathroom sinks and showers/baths fill up with water and drain slowly. The toilets seem to be fine. Does anybody know what i can look for to try and rectify this problem.
Thanks for any help
Rob

dj1
Re: New home / One year old / Draining second floor slow

It looks like drain problems know no borders...

My guess is that there is a partial blockage somewhere. Could be something as simple as hair. If you have a snake, go ahead and use it trying to clear the line.

Roberto
Re: New home / One year old / Draining second floor slow

I'll try that, thanks.

canuk
Re: New home / One year old / Draining second floor slow

The most simple and common problem with sinks and tub/shower slow drain is clog at the drain from build up of hair and bio-crud ( technical term ).

The shower/tub drain --- check the strainer for a buildup of hair restricting the opening. Use tweezers , needle nose pliers , knitting hooks or whatever to remove the hair.

Sinks with a pop-up stopper -- remove the stopper and clean all that black nasty bio-crud with an old tooth brush.

Barring that --- like was mentioned snaking the drain lines for the tub/sink may be required. If this this a *new* house --- as in newly built home -- it's not uncommon for a buildup of drywall mud and paint in the drain line. The tub is one of the first things in place during construction and the drywall mudders and painters tend to use the tub for rinsing out their tools.

johnjh2o
Re: New home / One year old / Draining second floor slow

If it is hair and it's not to far down the line try one of these. They work quite well.

http://zipitclean.com/

John

Roberto
Re: New home / One year old / Draining second floor slow

Thanks very much for all the tips. We are going to try the ZIP-IT thing and then use the chemical drain cleaner.
Thanks again, Rob.

dj1
Re: New home / One year old / Draining second floor slow

Try that hair catcher, and if it doesn't help use a snake. A new snake can be as low as $10 and it works well.

But think twice about using chemicals.

hvhehcca
Vent

Has this been happening from the day you moved in? If so, would be a vent problem. If not, possible obstruction.

Roberto
Re: New home / One year old / Draining second floor slow

We used something similar to the zipclean tool. There was an unbelievable amount of hair and stuff in the pipes. This tool took it all out. The sinks and bathtubs work perfect now. Thanks for all your help.

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