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Old 07-09-2011, 03:59 PM  
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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!



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Old 07-10-2011, 07:25 AM  
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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...


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Old 07-10-2011, 11:07 AM  
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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?
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Old 07-10-2011, 05:27 PM  
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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.
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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.
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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.
 
 
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Old 07-11-2011, 04:10 PM  
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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...


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