How do you fix old bathroom pipes at a Fraction of the price?

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We have two bathrooms that are back to back so the pipe is teed for both shower and sink. If one stops up so does the other. Is it possible to do this work yourself? The pipes are the original from 1953.

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  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Jul 15, 2018

    I would think that this is a job for the pros. Hopefully it can be done without having to remove some of the fixtures.

  • It is possible, but know your skill set, if you know nothing about plumbing, this may not be the best place to start. Since this is 1953 plumbing, you need to bring it up to current code in the process. For this one, I say sit it out and call in the pros.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Jul 15, 2018

    Hello Bly, This is a plumbers job, find one. This is more complicated than it seems. You need separate pipes for the two bathrooms, so this problem doesn't keep happening.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Jul 15, 2018

    I agree with call in pros. Ask about separate turn-offs. Also, your lines likely need to be cleared. Do it when there are only minor backups.


    A disconcerting cost, but one cleanup will convince you it would have been money well spent.


    Water always wins. Get estimates from a few to update and prevent disasters in the two rooms and below.