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shower backup

Hi...Just bought an old farm house built in 1949 and have found out there's a problem with the plumbing. At first I thought the shower/tub was just draining slow so we plunged it, only to discover it was then backing up into the other bathroom shower. The toilets seem to be okay but one of the bathroom sinks are also included in this backup problem. This seems like a very expensive problem to me. Are there any recomendations on how to best approach this??


A. Spruce
Re: shower backup

If you've got an actual shower, you can likely remove the drain grate and auger the drain. If it's a tub, then open up the overflow cover (and possible stopper assembly ) and attempt to clear the drain from there. The shower and sink drains will tee into the main waste (toilet ) somewhere usually near the toilet, so these drain runs should be relatively short and easy to clear. To clear the sink, remove the drain trap under the sink and auger from there. As with all things, use care and caution every step of the way.

Re: shower backup

Thank-you, A.Spruce! I'll try the auger and so hope this works....


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