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Donny 07-09-2011 03:59 PM

shouldn't this drain?
 
I put a tub in where a shower used to be and it drained slowly...Now it doesn't drain at all. Here are some pics. I am terrible at plumbing so any advise is appreciated!
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...h_GEDC0654.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...h_GEDC0655.jpg

Redwood 07-10-2011 07:25 AM

I'm not sure what the picture is showing but a bathtub should drain there is no doubt about it.

Seeing as it did drain at one time but has stopped I would suspect a blockage and recommend having the drain cleaned.

As to how well it drains once the drain is cleaned that could depend on the piping and if it was installed correctly...

gatorfan 07-10-2011 11:07 AM

Probably unrelated is there's an S-trap in the 1st photo which is illegal as it can/will suck the trap dry. It also looks like part of your drain is flexible pipe, which is also not legal for a gravity drain. I can't figure out what you're showing in the 2nd photo-- is it top-down showing the overflow and the drain? How close is the vent?

Donny 07-10-2011 05:27 PM

the second picture is the tub connecting to the flexible pipe. (the pic is sideways I don't know why). I believe the septic tank is right below the tub and the vent about 2 foot from it. The vent is 10 foot high.

gatorfan 07-11-2011 06:17 AM

The only place you should be using flexible pipe for a drain is when it's being pumped (e.g. dishwasher or clothes washing machine) and is accessible. All gravity drains should be rigid pipe. My guess is there's a clog in the flex pipe. It's probably smaller than code (a tub requires a 1.5" drain minimum, a shower 2") and the ridges will catch hair and other gunk.

TxBuilder 07-11-2011 10:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gatorfan (Post 58697)
The only place you should be using flexible pipe for a drain is when it's being pumped (e.g. dishwasher or clothes washing machine) and is accessible. All gravity drains should be rigid pipe. My guess is there's a clog in the flex pipe. It's probably smaller than code (a tub requires a 1.5" drain minimum, a shower 2") and the ridges will catch hair and other gunk.

I believe this may be the problem as well. Everyone of the ridges in the flex pipe, is probably full of gunk. I would get a few schedule 40 plumbing pipes, 2" or 1.5" - within code, and fix the flex pipe. It's really not too much work and a simple fix.

Have you poured any kind of compound down the drain to unclog it? I hear they are horrible for your pipes.

Redwood 07-11-2011 04:10 PM

Good plumbing does tend to work better...

I had only looked at 1 of the pictures showing the overflow...

I wouldn't push a snake through that flex line...
It will drain afterwards into the crawlspace...:eek:


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