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Old 06-19-2019, 09:25 AM
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I have a feeling when my shower was being tiled a bunch of grout got down into the drain and now it will not drain water. Before I call a plumber does anyone have any ideas? I tried a hand spun auger but I suck at using it.
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Old 06-19-2019, 09:37 AM
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Using a mini shop vac fit a 1/2 “ flexible hose to it. Suck out the trap.
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Old 06-19-2019, 09:40 AM
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I had the same problem, but didn't know it until I cut out the trap. It was solid concrete, nothing was going to move it.
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Old 06-19-2019, 10:18 AM
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Is this on a slab?
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Originally Posted by xlr8ngn View Post
Is this on a slab?
X2.

Take the drain off shove a shop vack hose down it.

If its still slow cut out ceiling below drain if possible and remove trap.

Somebody posted on here a while back tgem
ripping our a tub in a master bath they just tiled because the concrete sub filled the line completely when they poured the slab.
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Old 06-19-2019, 10:29 PM
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If the pipes are pvc, a slow drip of hydrochloride acid will eat out grout/cement..... but only get it in the pipe - it will eat the grout from between tiles and etch the slab if you spill it, will also badly etch/corrode copper brass etc....
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Old 06-19-2019, 11:36 PM
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From time to time I would experience slow drain issues on shower remodels.
Unless your workers were very sloppy during demo or your tile man was incompetent and debris got in the drain, there may be a simpler answer.
I repeatedly found that scum build up in the drain plumbing would dry up and collapse. A very vigorous plunging with a good plunger would clear it right up.
worth trying before you get aggressive.
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:31 AM
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Didn't they tape over the drain? Slab X3? The trap is probably 2" PVC. If it's grout that got wet, it's harder than a whores heart and must be cut out, unless you CAN dissolve it with acid.
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Lol , hair and soap scum , call a plumber
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
I have a feeling when my shower was being tiled a bunch of grout got down into the drain and now it will not drain water. Before I call a plumber does anyone have any ideas? I tried a hand spun auger but I suck at using it.
When was it tiled?
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:50 AM
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When was it tiled?
Few months ago and I have never used it.
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Old 06-20-2019, 07:05 AM
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I had to do this last month. Called a plumber friend and he told me to cut a piece of PVC at an angle to create a pvc "chisel" and hook it up to the shop vac (had to rig it with duct tape). Basically unscrew drain, turn on vac and work the sharp tip up and down the sides of drain. Worked like a freaking charm.

I tried every formulation of liquid drain cleaner, boiling water, etc. Shop vac fixed it in 2 minutes
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Originally Posted by bluejack View Post
I had to do this last month. Called a plumber friend and he told me to cut a piece of PVC at an angle to create a pvc "chisel" and hook it up to the shop vac. Basically uncrew drain, turn on vac and work the sharp tip up and down the sides of drain. Worked like a freaking charm.
problem is, its in the trap and I really don't want to cut the ceiling on the floor below out.
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concrete dissolver and shop vac.
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Old 06-20-2019, 08:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
Few months ago and I have never used it.
Likely you just need to clear (maybe liquid plumber?) and use it. I’ve noticed over the years that new shower plumbing/traps will often lightly clog when 1st used. It takes about 2-4 months of daily use to resolve. The reason is kinda’ gross so I’ll refrain from details.
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Muriatic acid is the best option; it will not hurt PVC.
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
Few months ago and I have never used it.
have never used it ever or since it was tiled?

before I went crazy I would aggressively use a 0lunger as mentioned. We had a bath that was not used in s9me time and the crap inside the drain hardened and the water would only trickle past. Very aggressive plunging after it had been wet for a while (and with a few inches water backed up into the tub) fixed it. Otherwise ventilate and acid.
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My first real job was installing bathroom tile... I did a few condo units and clogged every drain ... Had to cut open the ceilings in the lower units and repair everything ...

Didn't last long at that job
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
My first real job was installing bathroom tile... I did a few condo units and clogged every drain ... Had to cut open the ceilings in the lower units and repair everything ...

Didn't last long at that job
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