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    For the past week or so I have been trying to speed up a slow shower drain with Zep drain care. I have used 3 doses over the past three days and saw some improvement. I then dumped boiling water down the drain in hopes of further loosening up the blockage, after letting it fully drain and sit, I flushed the drain with more warm water and then added another dose of drain care and left it.

    I cleaned up after dinner (using the garbage disposal a little) and went to the bathroom where I noticed that the drain was now full of blackish water and more was coming up whenever someone ran the water in the kitchen.

    I guess I did dislodge something, but these are less than the results I was hoping for!

    Ive heard of the hose method, but I live in a small apt and that could be difficult and messy.

    The shower drains slowly so I could still use more of the drain care, hoping that the bacteria eventually get down to the base of the plug, but I dunno.

    Oh, and when I went to try and snake the drain a while ago I discovered that the drain does a 90 right at the beginning so I couldn't get the snake to fit down into the actual pipe.

    I don't really want to call the plumber if I can get away with it, but I would also like to shower some time soon.

    Any ideas or advice would be great

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    Commercial Plumber markts30's Avatar
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    Sep 2006
    Phoenix, AZ


    Check to see if your landlord is responsible for drain care as you are in an apartment...
    I would not try anything else because, if you cause damage to your unit or someone else's, you could be held financially responsible for the repairs required...

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    Hey, thanks for the response, actually, I went back and tried to rinse the crud out, and while I was rinsing, something popped and now it runs great!


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