How to unclog a bathtub?
October 16, 2010 4:49 PM Subscribe
PlumbingFilter: how do I unclog my bathtub?
I have a (possibly badly designed?) bathtub drain system that gets clogged often. I got a plumbing snake that hooks up to a drill, but there is a slight problem.. The drain pipes are arranged like this:
b


 
 _ _____a
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Where 'a' is bathtub floor, 'b' is the side and the other lines show two pipes, the upper one is where the stopper lives, and the lower is the drain. Now, the problem is that if the snake goes into the stopper pipe, it comes out the drain pipe and vice versa. Where does the pipe branch out to the outside? More importantly, how do I get the snake to go there? Since both pipes make a turn, there's very little you can do in terms of wiggling. How would a professional plumber do this?! The last time one was here, it took him maybe around 10 minutes (but I wasn't around to watch). Inquiring minds..
posted by rainy to Home & Garden (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
posted by lee at 5:07 PM on October 16, 2010