So, I have a rather significant (or at least intrusive) plumbing issue with the bath tub in my house. Hoping to get a little help.
We've been in the house for 3 years. Its about 60 years old. The tub has not had a stopper since we moved in. The drain would slow from time to time, we'd use some vinegar/hot water or draino and we'd be good to go.
Recently, the drain slowed more significantly and I figured there was a major clog. Since we have a home warranty, I called AHS and we got someone out to clean the clog. During his visit, he told me that he cleared the clog but that any future clogs would not be covered by the home warranty because we do not have a stopper and he was informing us that we needed to have this fixed.
He also said that so long as the no stopper + existing trap remained, we'd just keep getting clogged. He said as part of putting the stopper in, they'd replace the trap. He gave me a quote of $900 for this work. (Blech)
I figured, okay, well, I can deal with what we've dealt with with this drain since being here for the time being because I don't want to spend $900. Well, the first shower after the drain was "cleared" the water was backing up before I got out of the shower. So much for it being cleared.
Now, two weeks later, it is the worst it has ever been. Basically a standing water clog a couple of different times and hardly draining at all. I've plunged the drain to get it to drain and dealt with a bunch of hair and black crap coming up when plunging. Not sure how the drain ended up worse than ever after this plumber was out here, almost feel like he sabotaged things so that I'd need him to come back to do the $900 job.
Anyway, I'm trying to see what I can do to clear this thing without spending $1000+ (since now a clog removal will be part of things too).
Starting from a baseline of NO plumbing knowledge whatsoever, I think I've read enough and scoped things out enough to report that I have a drum trap. I think that's what he wanted to replace. I think that in order to access the drain for snaking purposes, I'd have to enter through the drum trap, right? I don't think the snake would pass through the drum trap if I go in through the overflow.
Now, here's another thing I've observed. When I run the sink for maybe 30 seconds, water + black soot begins to come up out of the tub train. I am concluding from this that the clog must be somewhere past where the sink drain ties into the main line. Does that seem like a safe assumption? Assuming the sink pipe comes straight across from the sink, that's probably 3 feet from the drum trap where the sink ties in. Anything else I can conclude from this?
I have a clogged tub:
(1) If I have a drum trap set up on my tub drain, do I have to access the drum trap in order to snake anywhere past the trap? Or can I go in from the overflow?
(2) Can I assume the clog is past where the sink ties in if running water from the sink causes water to back up into the tub?
(3) Should I just pay someone $1000 to unclog, put in a new stopper and new trap (P-trap?).