Our shower has been draining very, very slowly. We have a hair catcher that seems to be working well (it catches a good amount of hair). I tried running a snake (two different sizes) down the overflow but it doesn't catch anything before I can't go any further. It appears we have a system like the first diagram in this answer, except there is no Trip Lever or stopper (I've tried removing it, but I haven't been able). So I think that the snake is too big to fit through the spring. I've tried using a plunger (with a wash cloth over the overflow) and various Drain-o like products. But nothing seems to help. Anything else I can try? Or is it time for a plumber?

  • There's no trip level, but is there a handle that goes up and down? If so, take the handle off and the spring will be attached to that. You'll probably find that clogged with hair.
    – Duston
    Jul 17, 2019 at 13:49
  • Behind the overflow plate, is an unattached (to the overflow plate) rod with a circle at the top. When I pull on it, it feels like a spring, but I can't remove it. Also when I pull it, I can see (what I believe is) the rocker arm moving back and further in the drain. Jul 17, 2019 at 14:00
  • Proceed at your own risk, but if it were my tub, I'll pull harder. I don't know how a spring could be attached to a lever arm and still be able to assemble the pipes. But then I'm not a plumber either.
    – Duston
    Jul 17, 2019 at 18:49
  • Hmm... I'll try that and see if I can get a bit more leverage to get it out. Jul 18, 2019 at 11:14

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Finally got a plumber out. Apparently the device should have been removed when the previous owner redid the bathroom, so now it's sort of "stuck" or a part of the tub. It can be removed, but will be fairly costly to remove. The plumber actually broke his snake trying to get down to the clog, so it wasn't just me having problems. Fortunately, the tub seems to be draining a bit better these days.

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