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My wife sheds a lot in the shower. Once a month I have to snake my drain. I found out that you can create one of these with a Zip-Tie and a box cutter. Just make gouges in the tie on both sides and it grabs any clog.
Don't use drain cleaner. I do maintenance in a hotel and liquid cleaners rarely do squat for hair clogs. Unless it''s further down than this thing can reach use this tool. Most hair gets stuck at the drain hole and stretch out from there. When you pull the clog out admire it and put it in a ready grocery bag. They stink and look like dead rats. Wear latex gloves if you have them.
Yes, I totally agree, get a "zip it" drain cleaner tool! Something like this [[link]] can be purchased at just about any home improvement type store.
It works so well and is so easy to use that when they first came out the plumbing company I worked for went out and purchased them for all of the plumbers to use as part of their kits.
Can't recommend it enough! (I also have one for my bathroom sink, seriously they are amazing, and like you; no one else around here was taking care of it. /hugs)
Just had a similar issue, maybe I can save you some money. We had several drain issues, but the tub problem was that old favorite, hair. Try the baking soda/vinegar thing first, then try this thing.
What type of drain snake did you use? I used this one in my sink and it worked well. Not sure if it works for tubs drain snake hair clog link
Yes! These drain zip things are cheap and effective. I use this kind:
Buy one of these and clean your own damn hair out of the drain.
That can be rough on your pipes over time. Might I suggest this instead?
Cobra Products 00412BL Zip-It Drain Cleaning Tool [link]
Get yourself a zip hair remover. They are cheap and will do wonders.
Get you a Zip-It - it's gross but it works far better than draino or other products.
The works wonders!
A Zip-It drain cleaning tool. Simply awesome if there are people with hair in your house. Of course you'll need a toilet plunger as well, but that's an obvious one.
I just keep one of these handy.
We had an epic clog in the bathroom sink once. The prior owners liked to cram hair down there or something. We ended up having to shut off the water to the bathroom, removed the piping, and manually scraping out all the goop and hair in the pipes. Then put it all back together and water test it. Took about 90 minutes and it has worked well ever since.
If you have to go that route get a pair of disposable gloves, one of those plastic drain snakes (about $2-$4 at HD), and a hook and pick set (saw one at autozone for $1.79). Don't forget some plumber's tape(just got some for $0.52 at walmart).
You can use either a big channel-lock pliers or an actual plumber's wrench (usually more expensive) to take apart the pipes, if you need to buy some measure your pipe sizes ahead of time. You will either need 2 of them, one to counterbalance your wrenching, or some other way to hold the other end in-place while you unscrew stuff.
As an aside: the amazon stuff I linked is waay over priced, but it lets you know what I am talking about, and I'm too lazy to find the best prices for stuff in your area.
Guurlll this thing is the most disgustingly satisfying tool I've ever used in my life.. It's cheap and reusable!
Okay I don't know if you Redditors know about this, but if not... It's a real gem.
Gets it ALL out, easily. Can't help you with the gagging part though
They sell tools like Zip-It Drain Cleaning Tool, which are just a flexible plastic stick with backfacing barbs on it... you stick it in, and pull out a dreadlock...
maybe one of these from your local hardware store.
You might try pouring boiling water or boiling vinegar down the sink. Careful either way.
My Mom's a fan of liquid plumber, available at supermarkets or hardware stores.
Here's a fairly comprehensive article with other ideas
This!! Also, CLEAN ALL YOUR DRAINS NOW! The previous owner didn't, maybe ever! Get the plastic Zip It things from your local hardware store or on Amazon.
This is the best thing ever for these clogs and its super cheap
I don't know about you but plumbing, electrical work and car repairs are actually entirely DIY'able. The problems you will run into where this becomes a gray area have to do with money. (Drilling into concrete to fix broken pipes is super expensive)
You can google the fix to your plumbing, electrical and car problems most of the time...
Am I the only person that even tries?
Not to mention your comparison kind of sucks, but I'm playing into it just for fun.
EDIT: I guess the reason I am willing to even respond to this is that Electricity, Running (Hot) Water, and Transportation are the three things on top of my list labelled "Reminders of why you need Society at all." So these are areas where I do my best to learn and develop a sort of self-reliance. I'm not even joking, you literally picked the top 3 items on my list of things to understand thoroughly. I have a wealth of educational material on electricity alone.
Zip-It Drain Cleaning Tool - A barbed plastic thingy you stick into your sink and pull out all sorts of nonsense.
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You should be able find it at local stores, too, I think. They are reusable, but if I pulled something like that out of my drain... I'm not cleaning it.
You could try using some type of plumbing snake. Unfortunately, I haven't tried any of them so I cannot give you first hand advice.
Edit: After looking around Amazon this snake has a lot of good reviews and is very cheap (under $3) so it may be worth a try.
If anyone wants one from Amazon...they're fairly inexpensive
Drain snakes really don't have to be expensive. I bought this one from my local walmart for $12 and you'd have to be pants-on-head retarded to not be able to figure out how to use it. I have to use it about twice a year, but it's a life saver for me because I have long hair which loves to accumulate in the shower drain. The only downside is having to clean the disgusting hair clog from it, but I consider that a minor inconvenience.
I've considered using a product called Zip-It which would work just as well on a hair clog, but is meant to be disposable. If you can't be bothered with cleaning a drain snake, and don't need to unclog your drain often, at $5 per, it could be worth the added convenience.
I have one of these and have used it for years: [link]
It works great. I have thick hair that sheds everywhere so I have to clean my shower drain every other month or so. What this thing pulls out of there is pretty disgusting. I don't think a straw would be long enough to reach the gunk in my drain though.
Has no one ever heard of these things???
Free shipping? Yes please.