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Tub drains slow

Does your bathtub drain slow, and toilet not flush? dont call a plumber just yet, Every fixture in your home should have a air vent associated with it. the vents allow gases to escape and are necessary in allowing the waist water to flowout and down the pipes. most vents lead up through the roof, these are usualy 2" in diameter and raise up about 20" from the roof. there are other ventsin and around the home like the drain pipe for your washer or the overflow drains in sinks and tubs. If you have a tub that drains slow its usually hair buildup in the trap and is simple to clear. If you have a problem like the one i had and you've tried everything and it still wont drain the vent may be clogged. In my case the toilet wouldnt flush allong with the tub draining very slow, I threw every thing i could at the problem including removing the toilet and running a power snake. You can imagine how i felt when i put the toiket back in place and when i flushed it nothing happened:( after some thought i went to the tub and removed the chrome cap 0ver the overflow and ran a wire with the end bent like a hook as i pulled the wire out the toilet flushed, on the end of the wire was a clump of hair . problem solved!

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