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Question DetailsAsked on 1/30/2015

My shower drain is very slow and now my toilet doesn't flush, sometimes clogs. What needs to be done and how much?

My shower drain is slow. It is a walk in shower and the water will leak and spill in the bathroom and my bedroom. This just started two days ago, and toilet was fine. Today the toilet clogged. I tried a plunger which stopped the over flowing water, but now it won't flush. I only tried twice, didn't want to make it worse

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Sounds like a clogged sewer line - try a sewer and drain cleaner contractor. A plumber may also be able to snake the clog out, but most are not able to chase the clog to the street and clear the line all the way, which of course costs quite a bit more but also reduces the risk of a callback in a day or two because the clog reformed somewhere further along in the line. Unfortunately, this can go to a full clog in very short order, so you need a plumber ASAP. Sometimes you can temporarily clear it partway by pouring a couple buckets of full hot water from the tub/shower down the drain - slowly to prevent overfilling and backup, just as fast as it can take it without backing up (or going above rim, in toilet). Try shower first, and if it takes it without overflowing, then try toilet. OF course, if you have toilet/shower "downflow" from those in the system that are not having a problem, then use them until fixed. If these are the most downflow in your house, then you might end up with a total blockage shortly with further use. Also, be sure you are not getting backup at any further downflow floor or bottom floor shower/laundry drains.

I always recommend, if it has not been done in last 10 years or less, having it chased all the way to the street with a full-diameter scraping tool to clear away the accumulated soap scum/fiber/grease accumulation.

A number of responses to similar situations, and some variations and some suggestions on figuring out where plug is, and ballpark cost ranges, can be found right below this answer as links, with more links to similar questions below those questions.

Your economy solution, realizing it may clog up again right off the bat, is to have a plumber snake it for about $100-150 typically. More permanent solution, for several hundred dollars plus or minus, is full-diameter routing all the way from toilet to the street.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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