Plumbing Problems

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Posted by: from Mississauga
1/17/2008 at 1:30:53 AM

I seem to be having problems with the force of our plumbing. Our toilets are constantly being plugged (please, no jokes!) and our shower drain has the same problem. I've used drain de-clogging liquid products but this only seems to work temporarily. Can anyone suggest anything that will help or give some insight into what might be the problem?

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Delta Handyman Services in Delta
Date/Time1/19/2008 at 1:59:14 AM

It could be any number of things, but the one that comes top of mind is hair!

Check your hairbrush, if it is full of hair, or you are always removing hair from it, where does it go? Are you putting it down the toilet?

Hair causes the drains to slow down gradually, then as time goes by, the hair collects things; soap sticks to it, mold can grow on it and then it eventually will not allow water to pass by it.

This has to be removed, it is a gross job, but it has to be done. Drain-o will only strip off some of the soap and mold, but does not remove the hair, so as time passes, more stuff sticks to it and you are in the same place.

If you feel like tackling the job, get some tweezers and start pulling the hair out of your drains. As for the toilet, it may have to be lifted and / or "snaked" to break-up the hair.

If it is not hair and you have kids, it could be almost anything, but it is likely just hair.

Hope that helps!

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Date/Time5/28/2008 at 11:24:06 AM

I agree about the hair as well. a good cleaning may do it.

Another possibility is that if the bathroom was renovated by someone who was capable but not qualified and the drains were moved the venting for the bathroom may be insufficient or nonexistent. this is a bigger problem than the hair.

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