Duluth Plumbing Advice

I need some advice on my circa-early-1900s plumbing. The tub plugs up about every 6 to 9 months. We snake out a good hair clog and move on with our lives. Tonight we can’t snake the clog. This happened one other time and we paid Roto Rooter a couple hundred dollars for a visit. The Roto Rooter guy tried to sell me some treatment for another couple hundred dollars that would smooth out the pipes and stop future clogs. It sounded like snake oil last time, but now I’m wondering if they can actually do something to help. So A) I’d like opinions on a good Duluth plumber to work on a clog and B) would like to know if the Roto Rooter treatment is worth $200 (or whatever it costs these days).



about 12 years ago

This doesn't offer advice on either A or B, but I will mention that we have a $2 plastic grate over our drain that stops hair from going down. It's not a favorite chore to clean the hair off, but it does keep the pipes from getting clogged.


Paul Lundgren

about 12 years ago

I've been using a similar device in the kitchen sink. It's totally disgusting, but does a great job of preventing clogs.


Paul Lundgren

about 12 years ago

But as for directly answering your question, call Don Peterson at Advanced Sewer Systems -- 218-727-3355. He'll sort out your situation at a fair price.


about 12 years ago

We have said grate on all drains. I went with Ben Franklin which I know is a chain, but they answered their phone, and had a drain cleaning special ($88). He did not push the enzyme cleaner. I did buy some. Looks like Ben Franklin bought out a local guy as the guy who did the service has been here working on the boiler before we owned it


about 12 years ago

Most plumbers will tell you to buy the $2 plastic grate.


about 12 years ago

Try some sulfuric acid from a home supply store.  It will have a big ol skull and crossbones on it.  It dissolves organic material and keeps the lines open.  I use it in my house 3 or 4 times / year.  Just read the instructions and don't screw around with it cause it is very  effective on organic materials.


about 12 years ago

Oh. My. God.  Ow-ey.


about 12 years ago

All I can think of is the old plumber joke: ...runs downhill, the boss is a ....., and poop runs down hill. Any way, after you clean it out, make it a habit to put baking soda and vinegar down there once a week. The screen drain cover is the best I have used so far.

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