I found this forum while searching for a fix to a problem and felt I should join. I've been reading around here, and have enjoyed reading the interaction of the members on different issues happening in our homes.
I have a problem getting our kids' bathtub to drain well. It happened once before where I get it to drain, well, better than it was but now it's back to a near-standstill draining. I used rubber-coated wire Turbo-snake and got a "rat" (What I've been calling the long hair messes I pull out of the drain), but the drain has actually gotten worse. Even after each different attempt at clearing it with, Drano gel, almost-boiling water, Liquid Plumbr gel and, since I couldn't get the coil through the drain I used it through the overfill hole, the snake, and finally the wet/dry vac.
I thought the wet/dry vac would have done it, but it just sucked out water and dirt that finally went down the drain. I also don't think the snake was effective since, although I got it to for some distance until it hit resistance it could be rotated after I got it to that point. The better angle would have been the drain, but I couldn't fit the coiled head past the drain due to the stopper receptacle being in there.
I don't want to use bleach in the pvc pipes, and I don't remember whether or not that was what cleared it the last time this happened. Each drain cleaner I used I waited both the recommended time, and then for an hour the second time. No results. Is there a way to remove the drain receptacle without hurting the tub? It looks pretty permanently put in there.
Does anyone have a suggestion I haven't tried yet? I sure could use some help before I give up and call a professional.