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How can I unclog plumbing in whirlpool tub used to clean dogs?

Inherited a jetted tub with house purchase. Motor seems to work, but no air out of jets. My contractor found that if all jets but one turned off, air will eventually start coming and then other jets can be turned on. Yesterday we were told by neighbor that previous owners used to give their dogs whirlpool baths in the tub, which caused the plumbing to clog up. They were unable to clean the fur out.

Is there any practical way to unclog the pipes, or is the only option to replace the tub? Or is the problem more likely in the motor? (I don't want to make a decision only based on hearsay.)

This is a rural area where it is extremely unlikely to find a whirlpool tub repair person.

Thanks!

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  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    I have a jetta air jet tub. After a few minutes with the air jet blowing, a few of the very small air holes shoot the water out extremely hot. It doesn't happen to all the jets, only 2 or 3 of them. Is this a malfunction or can it be adjusted?

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    The tub turns on by itself. This is a basic model air jet tub with a turn on plunger switch.

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Depending on how mechanically inclined you are, take apart the tub and clean everything out. No easy task, I know, but who want old dog hair floating around? That will be your best bet.

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