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Drain runs slowly

Often a drain runs slowly or hardly at all taking a long time to empty out. My tip is to wait for the drain finish emptying and then pour in about three cups of household bleach, and let sit for at least 6 hours. The bleach will sit on the obstruction and beak up and dissolve most objects such as soap residue combined with hair etc. without harming your pipes.
The other plus is that in cases where the blockage becomes worse and it is necessary to snake or open the line you will not be exposed to caustic chemicals.
This is especially helpful when you have old cast pipes and fittings in which the turns did not sweep as newer pipes made now do.

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