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Friday, September 30, 2011

Wait, don't call a Plumber!

My kids shower in the basement was draining extremely slow. 
 The tub was filling up while they showered. 
So while my plumber was here installing my new water softener, 
I asked what he thought. 
"Oh, let's check for hair," he said.  
"Well, only my two short haired boys shower down here," I replied.  
"That's usually the problem so lets check it first," he quipped back.
I thought fine, 
but that's not it!

 Guess what?
He was right!!!

Who knew boys shed so much?

 He showed me how to clean it out so I could fix it next time.  

My little kids bathroom upstairs was also draining a little slow, 
so I decided to roll up my sleeves and give my new found knowledge a try.  
(Warning, this is a little gross!!!)

First, you need to get in the tub! 
Then untwist the cap or knob on the stopper.  
You may need pliers,
 I did.

Then you can see the exposed screw head. 
 (Pay no attention to the dirty ring around the drain, that's thanks to our hard water)

Next, get a chunky flat head screw driver and unscrew the screw.  
Mine was pretty tight and took a while to get all the way out. 
 I almost gave up. 

Once free just pull the piece out.  
(This is where it gets gross.)

This is all the hair from my girls long hair and shampoo and what not!
(Hope you didn't just eat!)

I used a small screw driver to help me clean out all the gunk.  
While fishing out the hair I felt my screw driver hit something hard.  
You will never believe what I found in the drain!

A key! 
 Yes, I said a key!  
What in the world? 
 I'm not sure if I was more shocked at 
what my kids had a key in the shower for 
how that sucker got under the cap and in the drain!!

Okay, back to our plumbing lesson.  
After it was all cleaned out it looked much better.  
Then I just screwed everything back together.

I'm proud to say all of our drains are flowing better.  
And the "key" to the solution was so easy. 
(I know, cheesy pun.)
Hope that helps some one!
Thanks for stopping by!


Pine Tree Home said...

Such a great how to. I find that I have to clean out my drain frequently. It always grosses me out with all that gunk.

Feral Turtle said...

This is hillarious but so true. The key made it!

Darryl Iorio said...

A key under the sink? That was baffling! Well, I think that is “the key” to your plumbing problem. But I think that gives us a lesson to regularly clean our sink. Hair and other materials have the potential to clog the sink and the pipes. Having a regular cleaning session and inspection of your plumbing fixtures and system can definitely go a long way.

Gayle Manning said...

Well, kids are really playful and mischievous at times. It’s no wonder you found it in the drain. It’s a good thing though that you tried to check what the problem is. At least you know now what really caused the tub to fill up when your children take a shower.

*A Happy Heart At Last* said...

OMG My shower / tub has one of these stoppers and I can't stand it and now thanks to your post I can take it off - I'm dealing with a clogged drain as well so this will help me too! Thanks for the post and step by step instructions.

Unknown said...

Thank you for this. I am going through a thyroid issue and I am losing my hair. I am glad to say that I don’t have to worry about the drains now.