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Old 26-07-2017, 08:47   #16
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Re: Shower not draining, what to do...

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Check that the strainer or filter is clear and check rubber valves for debris. Even a hair can prevent suction in those pumps.
Yes.... IF there is a strainer. If not ...put one in before the pump. Just an inexpensive plastic one will work fine, just check it now and then though.
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Old 26-07-2017, 09:03   #17
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Re: Shower not draining, what to do...

Shower drainer gets clogged if not servic d regularly. In my case the filter is what needs to be cleaned at least once or twice a year. Check it out!
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Old 26-07-2017, 09:04   #18
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Re: Shower not draining, what to do...

Look at the entire system:

Shower>>sump>>hose>>check valve (to keep the water in the hose from draining basck into the sump)>>hose>>vented loop (the sump is usually below the waterline, vented loops stop siphoning water back into the boat when the pump is off and the seacock is open)>>hose>>pump>>hose>>seacock

Figure it all out and approach each section systematically.

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Old 26-07-2017, 10:49   #19
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Re: Shower not draining, what to do...

i pour baking soda followed with vinegar down shower drains. then pour hot/boiling water down the drains to cut what ever crude the vinegar and b soda doesnt take out.
hopefully that's all it is!!
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Old 26-07-2017, 13:10   #20
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Re: Shower not draining, what to do...

Cant wait ti hear what worked.
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Old 26-07-2017, 18:06   #21
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I always carry Liquid draino QT size. cause you never know ! Also in spares are spare water pumps . when you cruise if it can go wrong it will !
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Re: Shower not draining, what to do...

I promised I'd report back and say what the problem was... but I'm almost too ashamed to.

You know what really helps drain a shower on a boat? WHEN YOU OPEN THE DRAIN THROUGH HULL. I thought I was looking at the shower drain through hull when I was looking at the sink drain through hull. Sorry guys. Thank you for the wonderful advice though... the dinghy pump really shoots the water out the hose - that was an awesome suggestion.
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Old 29-07-2017, 14:47   #23
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Re: Shower not draining, what to do...

Be very careful if you do decide to remove the shower strainer. I did this earlier today only to watch the hose and fitting drop down into the bilge under the shower pan... the no access to reattach. It took me nearly an hour to figure out a way to put it all back together. It's not like a shower drain in a house.
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Re: Shower not draining, what to do...

clogged with hair in the hose.... with water in the shower... use a plunger and the junk will be forced out into the filter.... remove the strainer at the pump.. it will be totally covered in scum.
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Re: Shower not draining, what to do...

We might laugh at you, if we ALL hadn't had similar experiences ...
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