Sand in our bathtub drain? its clogged?
ok me and my friend being the stupid people we are,got a lot of sand down in the bathroom drain,and now its clogged...and her mom will be pissed. we might get to go to wall mart today will anything there help?and we cant get the drain out.
OUR BATHUB DRAIN IS CLOGGED WE ARE ONLY KIDS AND WE DO NOT HAV A VACCUME FOR IT WE HAV LIME-AWAY,Q-TIPS,A KNIFE,AND A SCRUBBIE...please help before her mom gets home
- NeeblerLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
A home improvement store might have a tool that blasts a drain clear. It hooks up to a faucet for water supply. You put it into the pipe that is obstructed. When you turn on the water, the end of the tool expands and fills the pipe and then it starts spraying water ahead of itself.
You could, of course, call a plumber to take care of it.
- DSM HandymanLv 51 decade ago
Strong wet/dry vac. You need to remove the sand, NOT move it further down the pipe. If you do move it further down, it will act like a magnet, catching things to eventually block the pipe even worse.
You will need to be creative to get the end of the hose as far into the pipe as possible, sucking up the sand as you go. The vac will have a 2 1/2 inch main suction line. Use that as much as you need. Then put an adapter on the end of that hose into a 1 1/2 hose to go further into the pipe. If your vac has only a 1 1/2 suction port, it is too low power to do this job.
Some bathtubs have a trap under the drain. If that is accessible, you can open it up and get a lot of the sand out of there. Actually, I would try that first, then follow up with the vac.
If you do try to flush it down, you need to run an incredible amount of water at a very fast rate. A fire hose is a good example of this. The fire truck contains a huge pump to build the pressure and sustain the volume. You can NOT do this with a garden hose, even if you used a dozen of them full blast. Eventually, it will get the the connection to the sewer and it would not surprise me if it plugged that up.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I'd try a wetvac while jiggling the drain plug if you have the kind that operates by lever action. If you get a good seal around the opening you might be able to pull it out. Turn the water back on once you've sucked up the excess If you have any success, and water begins draining slowly, switch the hose to the blowing side of the wetvac. Maybe you can kind of rock it. Ultimately, the trap needs to be pulled from underneath and cleaned. Anything you try to dissolve sand with will likely eat through your plumbing.
- cheezyLv 61 decade ago
get on the phone & borrow a shop vac from whoever's dad has one. do not use any chemicals!!!!! it will not break down the sand