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    Best drain unblocker?

    Hey all

    I have slow running water from my bath and have so far tried Mr Muscle drain unblocker and Domestos Drain unblocker.

    The problem is that it's really slow draining, not completely blocked.

    Any other ideas? I don't think a plunger or drain rods will work as there is not a total blockage.

    Cheers guys n' gals

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    Plunger

    caustic soda and cold water...

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    vinylandtrinkets;8680885

    we get the same problem, its a blockage of soap scum and hair, you'll … we get the same problem, its a blockage of soap scum and hair, you'll need to take off the u-bend and clean the pipes , it'll be fine after. i tried everything on the market to shift our blockage but nothing worked other then hubby getting to pipes apart



    I can't do that. The bath panel cannot be removed (unless I break it, which I don't want to do).

    Thanks for the advice anyway, I would do this if I could (I've done it in the kitchen), but I can't do it in the bathroom.

    Its always worth trying drain rods if you have them already. Not pleasant but may save on a much more expensive fix.

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    whatsThePoint;8680909

    1 of those long springy things you get in hardware shops



    I know the ones, I may give it a try, but as there is not a complete blockage Im not sure if it will work.

    My dear old dad was a plumber and always told me to cover the plughole with soda crystals then pour boiling water at the side of them - just enough to dissolve some (not all) so that they drop into the pipes and sit there. They then melt away a lot of crap that's stuck there. Said to do it every month and you shouldn't ever have a blockage. Not sure it will help your problem but may be worth a try plus helps for in future if you get it cleared and want to keep it clear! I've done it a few times when I have had a blockage and its cleared it. Good luck!

    I had the same thing, after using a plunger for about 10 - 15 mins it did eventually work.

    usually hair that blocks it up. what you gotta do is unscrew thedrain part where the plug fits in from the top of the bath then get a wire coat hangar or similar and pull all the gunge out. it worked for me.

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    el12345;8680983

    I had the same thing, after using a plunger for about 10 - 15 mins it did … I had the same thing, after using a plunger for about 10 - 15 mins it did eventually work.



    I love my plunger :thumbsup:

    I have tried lots of the brands that are on sale in the supermarkets, and haven't found any of them to be any good.

    Last week, the Mrs came home with 'Kleen Off' plughole/drain unblocker from Wilkinsons, and I half expected it to be rubbish. Far from it, it was brilliant, and we've now bought enough bottles to do all the plugholes in the house!

    It's £1.49 for a smallish bottle which will only do one plughole, but I'd recommend it. Would be interested to know whether it works for you!

    DLM;8680993

    I love my plunger :thumbsup:


    Just goes to show....
    There are all sorts of relationships :w00t:

    Flodd;8680888

    caustic soda and cold water...



    +1 Caustic Soda is awesome, but make sure you wear rubber gloves and dont stand directly above the plughole when pouring it in, it's very burny.

    Just follow the instructions on the bottle to the letter - £1.50 diy store / supermarket

    if it's in the bath it's most likely hair, the thing that worked best for me is............ hair removal cream!!! believe it or not it works a treat!!! there's 3 of use girls in my house so it happens quite often. sqeeeze a load of veet or similar down the plughole and wait a few minutes. you can buy it from poundland i think so it's cheap

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    WoolyM;8681019

    Just goes to show.... There are all sorts of relationships :w00t:



    There sure are me and my plunger are very happy together :lol:

    DLM;8681071

    There sure are me and my plunger are very happy togrther :lol:


    schuuurp :-D

    DLM;8681071

    There sure are me and my plunger are very happy togrther :lol:



    *throws up a little bit in my mouth*

    Original Poster

    Nice one guys. Some superb advice there. Im gonna start with the liquids and move onto the plunger/drain rods if I have no joy.

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    missp27;8681058

    if it's in the bath it's most likely hair, the thing that worked best for … if it's in the bath it's most likely hair, the thing that worked best for me is............ hair removal cream!!! believe it or not it works a treat!!! there's 3 of use girls in my house so it happens quite often. sqeeeze a load of veet or similar down the plughole and wait a few minutes. you can buy it from poundland i think so it's cheap



    There are lots of women in my household, so I reckon it is a hair build up. (minging)

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    whatsThePoint;8681090

    do you stick the plunger on the wall or the floor :whistling:



    Any where it will fit

    Foxy102;8681095

    There are lots of women in my household, so I reckon it is a hair build … There are lots of women in my household, so I reckon it is a hair build up.



    the cream just dissolves the hair, simple but it works :thumbsup: good luck!

    whatsThePoint;8681114

    well thats my other question i was going to ask you answered :oops:



    see why i feel queazy!! TO MUCH INFORMATION!! especially for a monday :oops:

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    mr muscle- the one tht has 2 bottles together.

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    hooked2hukd;8681125

    mr muscle- the one tht has 2 bottles together.



    Tried that, no joy.

    There is this stuff called "ONE SHOT" we have used it at our work and I would highly recommend this if your other methods don't work, you can get it from plumb centre or plumbing shops and will cost ya about £12

    whatsThePoint;8681181

    to much info :? ...have you read what you said :w00t: that is the … to much info :? ...have you read what you said :w00t: that is the funniest line on this site ever :w00t:



    :whistling: :w00t:






    you do know i didn't actually throw up don't you LMAO!!!

    Some good advice

    we have a blockage in our onsuite.
    The toilet takes hours to empty when flushed, and when you run the taps in the sink, the water in the toilet rises.
    Ive tried MR muscle, caustic soda, and a few other things.nothing works.

    Original Poster

    *update*

    The veet is in the hole.

    Foxy102;8681321

    *update*The veet is in the hole.


    hehe, that sounds really rude! :w00t:

    did it work???!!!!

    A plunger would have sorted this.

    jinjernuts;8681053

    +1 Caustic Soda is awesome, but make sure you wear rubber gloves and dont … +1 Caustic Soda is awesome, but make sure you wear rubber gloves and dont stand directly above the plughole when pouring it in, it's very burny.Just follow the instructions on the bottle to the letter - £1.50 diy store / supermarket



    Probably the best stuff however if you do use this and it doesn't work and you have to resort to getting a plumber in do tell him you have put Caustic Soda down the drain.. it saves him having to watch his hands melt.. nasty nasty stuff

    our shower drain was slow draining. I chucked some soda crystals down it then poured some vinegar down. Mega fizz and one clear running drain :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    It seems to be slightly better, however the proof of the pudding will be if it drains after my daughters shower...

    Foxy102;8681814

    It seems to be slightly better, however the proof of the pudding will be … It seems to be slightly better, however the proof of the pudding will be if it drains after my daughters shower...



    did you poke it right down the plug hole? overwise it will just do the hair that was at the top

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    missp27;8682052

    did you poke it right down the plug hole? overwise it will just do the … did you poke it right down the plug hole? overwise it will just do the hair that was at the top



    Yep I gave it a good poke and left it for about an hour. It's about 50% better which is really good. Im gonna have a go with caustic soda tomorrow, to give it a real good flush through.

    plunge it ffs, then it's done

    I bought a two bottle plug unblocker from Poundland, label design was made to look like Mr Muscle. Worked a treat.

    I had a similar problem, tried everything in the supermarkers and nothing worked. Eventually found B&Q's "One Shot" Drain Cleaner which partially unblocked on the first attempt and allow a trickle to drain away. It took two more attempts to unblock completely.

    It's nasty stuff, so read the instructions carefully and wear rubber gloves. It generates a lot of heat on contact with water so only use the recommended amout to avoid melting the pipes.

    One tip: Use a small plastic funnel to get it through the plughole otherwise it can leave some nasty stains on the metalwork.

    We had this problem last year.
    Just spoken to hubby to ask him how he cleared the (quite bad) blockage we had. He used sulphuric acid, which he bought from a builders merchant - put it down the bath plug hole, then used a plunger. The amount of gunge that came out was unbelievable!!! There was a huge amount of hair, soap scum and all manner of slimy looking bits in the drain outside after he'd finished. After that the water in the bath drained away so quickly and quietly.
    Be VERY, VERY careful with sulphuric acid.
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