Asked on May 2, 2013

Corrected Q: Bathtub drain slow; snake stops at J-bend under floor.

Adrianne CKMS WoodworksWoodbridge Environmental


Glued plastic drain pipe is accessible in unfinished basement ceiling of 2008 home I own. Want to manually unclog every year, like basin & sink easy, without costly Drano which doesn't work well. 1/4" manual snake down thru overflow, stops at J-bend. Do I pay a plumber to customize plumbing?
3 answers
  • The trap can be cut out and a new trap installed with drain on bottom. Depending upon your ability this can be a diy job or one of a plumber.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on May 3, 2013

    I would rework it with a trap that has a drain port or open up some of those really tight corners with some sanitary elbows. You have enough room there to install a full sized clean out.

    , trap with drain port, elbow that can take a clean out cap
  • Adrianne C
    on Nov 23, 2014

    I have a unit with that kind of drain and it bonds differently from PVC. Once glue is applied, it bonds instantly, no adjusting the position. Sometimes dumping a box of baking soda into the drain will open it up, and I also use hair catchers made of screen to catch any debris that may fall in.

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