When I first observed slow moving drains in my home, I hoped that I was mistaken.
I kept thinking the problem would maintenance itself! Unluckyly, the blockage worsened, but whenever a family member took a shower, there would be sitting water in the tub; This left a ring of soap scum that required constant scrubbing! Every time I did a few dishes in the sink, it took forever for the dirty water to drain.
Every sink, tub and shower in the home was always in need of cleaning. I finally tried a combination of baking soda, white vinegar and tepid water. I’d read online that it was a safe way to disinfect the drains. It helped a bit for about a week or so. I then tried plunging the various drains, and I feel I frustrated the problem. I was very reluctant to call a licensed plumber because of the expense, but however, pouring chemical drain cleaners into the pipes wasn’t successful, and I was worried about the potential for greater problems. With no other choice, I eventually busy service from a local plumbing company. They agreed to send someone over that same day. The plumber showed up right on time and was appealingly professional. She wore shoe coverings to avoid tracking through my home. She used a manual drain snake. It is a long auger-like tool that rotates slowly as it’s pushed into the drain and through a stubborn clog. It has a hook on the end of the unit that works to pull out globs of soap scum and hair. She also utilized a video line inspection that revealed the infiltration of tree roots into the main drain line underground.