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    Unhappy HELP!! Shower not draining!!

    I just had a new shower installed in place of my tub surround in my upstairs bathroom. I just used the shower for the first time and my shower is not draining! Any thoughts would be great!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkkh1106 View Post
    I just had a new shower installed in place of my tub surround in my upstairs bathroom. I just used the shower for the first time and my shower is not draining! Any thoughts would be great!!
    If it's not draining at all, step 1 would be to pop the strainer off and see if there's anything simple that's visible. For example, if someone covered the drain stub with duct tape during construction and forgot to take it off (not that that has ever happened . . .).

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    if it is draining, its very little. i did pop the strainer and i don't see anything obstructing the flow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkkh1106 View Post
    if it is draining, its very little. i did pop the strainer and i don't see anything obstructing the flow...
    Is the ceiling underneath finished or accessible? (And do you own a small home drain snake?)

    Whatever you do, don't pour anything down it (e.g. chemical drain cleaners/openers).

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    Hmmm... Where did the tile guy clean his stuff off?

    This has never happened before either!
    Last edited by Redwood; 04-02-2008 at 08:52 PM.

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    the ceiling below is accessible...i am wondering if when the drain was moved from the tub position to the shower position, if it was installed incorrect...thoughts?

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    Its possible... Call the plumber back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkkh1106 View Post
    the ceiling below is accessible...i am wondering if when the drain was moved from the tub position to the shower position, if it was installed incorrect...thoughts?
    (1) Did it ever drain last night?
    (2) Can you take a picture of the drain plumbing underneath and put it up?

    It would have to be very incorrect (e.g. running uphill) not to drain at all. Not impossible, but it would have to be a colossal screw-up.

    It sounds more likely to be a clog . . . like Redwood suggested, it could very likely be a giant glob of thinset . If that's the case, you might be calling the tile guy back--to pay the plumber's bill!

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    For some reason many of the other trades feel compelled to use drains as trash cans.

    Near here we have a large apartment complex going up... I can't even tell you how many times I have been there to clean drains obstructed with construction debris as the clogs come up on their completed unit punch list. Sometimes its up to 3 separate drains on one call.

    I'll be sad when they finally finish... Its been a good gig while it lasted!
    The only bad part was a lot of these calls were before the elevators were working... Fortunately the animals behaved on the upper floors.

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    Well, it turns out that it was not a clogged drain, the mistake was a rookie mistake. The guy confused the drain pipe for a n exhaust pipe and routed it to an eventual dead end for the water to flow. We had to cut out the ceiling below to see the problem, and now I am having to get a drywall patch! I HATE PLUMBING!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkkh1106 View Post
    Well, it turns out that it was not a clogged drain, the mistake was a rookie mistake. The guy confused the drain pipe for a n exhaust pipe and routed it to an eventual dead end for the water to flow. We had to cut out the ceiling below to see the problem, and now I am having to get a drywall patch! I HATE PLUMBING!!


    Ah so plumbers do make mistakes.......
    The world is a grindstone, whether it wears you down, or polishes you up, is up to you.

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    I like plumbing... Its the drywall work I hate! Good thing I don't have to fix the holes I make!

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