How To Solve Slow Draining Sinks, Bathtubs and Showers

See what the best choice is for clearing hard-to-reach blockages

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How To Solve Slow Draining Sinks, Bathtubs and Showers
The Water Ram from General Pipe Cleaners offers instant impact with no pressure buildup in the plumbing system.

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Q. Our guests keep complaining about slow draining shower and bathtub drains in our hotel but it’s difficult to get the snake though the trap. Do you know of a better way to keep shower drains clear?

A. The best tool for clearing a clogged or slow draining shower or bathtub is a Water Ram. Bathtubs often drain through drum traps that are very difficult to get through with a drain cleaning snake. The Water Ram uses a burst of compressed air to create a shock wave (kinetic energy) that follows the path of the water to break up the stoppage. Since the shock wave can travel around bends without losing its force. It travels down the line and knocks out the stoppage without harming the pipes. 

The Water Ram is particularly useful when the stoppage is on the far side of a drum trap or a series of tight bends. It also works well in trailer homes that can be difficult to clear using cables because they have narrow drainlines with tight bends. 

The Water Ram has a self-contained pump and pressure gauge, so you can hit the stoppage with just the right amount of force. You get instant impact with no pressure buildup in the plumbing system. The force is transmitted through the water, so it’s not affected by stacks or vents. 

The Water Ram is a compact, lightweight tool that’s cleaner than messy snakes or dangerous chemicals. And it uses no electricity so it’s green too. 

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