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How to Fix a Clogged Tub

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    LESLIE: Pedro in South Carolina is having an issue with the tub. Tell us what’s going on.

    PEDRO: Our tub, it keeps clogging but there’s nothing in there, because I’ve snaked it; I’ve liquid-plumbed it. But it’s one of those where it doesn’t have that normal elbow; it just immediately goes into like a 90-degree – some kind of plastic.

    TOM: OK.

    PEDRO: And it just – it’s annoying.

    TOM: Well, I wonder if the blockage is somewhere deeper than where you’re able to reach.

    PEDRO: Probably, OK.

    TOM: Have you had – yeah. I mean sometimes, when you get a restriction in a drain line like that, it could be 10, 20, 30 feet from the fixture itself. So you may have to have this professionally snaked to get down deep enough to the point where you can actually remove whatever the obstruction is. In some ways, you may be pushing it further down every time you try to do it on your own.

    PEDRO: Oh and then making it worse; aggravating the situation.

    TOM: Well, that’s why it seems like it takes longer for it to happen but it might just be that you’re pushing the obstruction around.

    PEDRO: OK.

    TOM: Why don’t you give a drain-cleaning company a call and see what they could find for you. Most of them are going to guarantee that you’re going to solve the problem, so it’s not like you’re kind of opening up a can of worms there.

    PEDRO: Oh, OK. Great, great. I appreciate that, because it is annoying to get your feet – you know, it doesn’t drain all the time.

    TOM: Yeah.

    PEDRO: Thank you so much, guys.

    TOM: You’re welcome, Pedro. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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