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Medium Drain Bladder

  • Helps clear 1-1/2 - 3 in. household drains
  • Uses water pressure to clear tough clogs
  • Requires a garden hose for use
$11.53 /each

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The BrassCraft Medium Drain Bladder clears 1-1/2 - 3 in. drains by expanding in the drain and forcing water pressure through the clog. The bladder is designed for use with garden hoses.

  • For most medium household drains
  • Use to clear 1-1/2 - 3 in. drains
  • Rubber construction
  • Brass fittings
  • Use with garden hoses
  • Safe, reliable and easy to use

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Will this product work well in a bathtub drain?

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Wheaton, IL
May 13, 2013
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December 27, 2014
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I am not an expert. I would say maybe. if you can put this as far down the pipe as possible, you may have a shot. My concern is that once you pressurize the hose and the bladder isn't past, lets say, the next drain (from the sink or adjoining shower drain) the water will wind up in those places. If it were me, I would try it while having someone else stand in those places looking for water coming up. The Read More
I am not an expert. I would say maybe. if you can put this as far down the pipe as possible, you may have a shot. My concern is that once you pressurize the hose and the bladder isn't past, lets say, the next drain (from the sink or adjoining shower drain) the water will wind up in those places. If it were me, I would try it while having someone else stand in those places looking for water coming up. The important thing is to make sure that the hose is as far down the drain as you can get it. Good luck! Read Less
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Nashville TN
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June 27, 2014
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If your pipes are in good shape and you can get the bladder at least a foot or more into the drain or clean-out, it should work just as it worked for my kitchen pipe clogged with grease. Make sure the bladder matches the pipe size. It is a near miracle product and much easier than a snake. Very powerful.
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Huntsville, AL, USA
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May 6, 2014
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Yes, that's where I used mine. I was able to pop the drain off of my shower (same drain as my tub) and insert the bladder and hose in. I literally heard the clog blow out after about 30-45 seconds.
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April 15, 2014
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yes
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Rincon, GA
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April 8, 2014
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a good liquid drain opener or a sink snake/auger would be better
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July 15, 2013
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This works best when you can get straight to the pipe. You should insert the bladder at least 4 feet into the pipe so I would say that it probably would not work very well on a bathtub unless you can shove that thing down the bathtub drain.
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July 9, 2013
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It is worth a shot for $10. I would try it on any drain that you can fit it into. My bathroom drains usually clog up with hair, which I don't think this will help with very well.
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Phoenix, AZ, USA
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June 23, 2013
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Yes, but you will need to remove the tub drain assembly to get this tool into the drain pipe below. The assembly typically screws in. You can do a search on the Internet for some instructions on removing your drain.
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Frazer, PA
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June 2, 2013
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As long as the bladder will fit entirely in the drain before turning on the hose, it should work.
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May 14, 2013
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“Not the Plumber”,
Thank you for your question. We checked with our Product Experts for you and confirmed that the Medium Drain Bladder will indeed work in bathtub drains that are between 1.5 In. and 3 In. in diameter. If your drain is smaller in diameter, the Small Bladder (see link below) would be ideal for 1-2 In diameter drain pipe.
Feel free to contact us at 800-835-2200 if you have any further
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“Not the Plumber”,
Thank you for your question. We checked with our Product Experts for you and confirmed that the Medium Drain Bladder will indeed work in bathtub drains that are between 1.5 In. and 3 In. in diameter. If your drain is smaller in diameter, the Small Bladder (see link below) would be ideal for 1-2 In diameter drain pipe.
Feel free to contact us at 800-835-2200 if you have any further questions on the product or its use.
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California
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May 14, 2013
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No. There are too many intersections on a bathtub drain to use a bladder.
Purchase a small hand crank snake to clear a bathtub drain. Remove the overflow drain cap, and slowly crank the snake through that opening, not the bottom drain.
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can i use it more than once or do i have to buy a new one?

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April 28, 2013
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Phoenix, AZ, USA
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April 15, 2014
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It may be used several times as needed. It should last a long time if stored and cared for correctly.
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Yes, you can use it several times as needed.
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Rincon, GA
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April 8, 2014
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you can use it until it blows out or dry rots
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Yes you can you use it over and over
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You can use it as many times as you would like.
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July 9, 2013
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You can use it more than once. Once you're done with it and shut off the water, it deflates and you can remove and store it
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Phoenix, AZ, USA
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June 23, 2013
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You can use it over and over, dozens of times.
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June 2, 2013
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This product can be used more than once.
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April 30, 2013
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Misa,
Kaye and Sparky are correct. BrassCraft drain bladders are intended for multiple uses. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact our Product Experts at 800-835-2200
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April 29, 2013
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Yes you can. It will last years.
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April 29, 2013
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This product is intended for multiple uses.
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does it matter whether you use the cold water from outdoors faucet or hot water from laundry faucet?

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Farmers Branch, TX
April 4, 2013
I thought I read on the packaging that you're supposed to use hot water from the laundry faucet in order for product to expand. Is that true?
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Nashville TN
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June 27, 2014
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I am not certain of the answer, but I think the package says not to use hot water. It is a rubber bladder so I doubt hot water is recommended.
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Huntsville, AL
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I wouldn't use hot water. It worked just fine with water from my hose. I would think very hot water would weaken the rubber. I hooked mine up to my faucet and stretched it out a few times with water pressure before actually putting it into service.
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It may be found to work better with Hot water but it is not required.
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Rincon, GA
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use cold water to "punch" a hole in or push the clog and then flush with (lots of) hot if the clog is from grease
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July 15, 2013
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Nope. Worked great with the cold outside faucet water.
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July 9, 2013
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It operates primarily with pressure, so I would go with the high pressure outside cold water rather than hot water with a lower pressure. But I'm sure hot water works well also and if the pressures were the same, I would go with hot.
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Lorain, OH, USA
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June 29, 2013
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I used cold water from the outside spiket and it worked PERFECT.
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Phoenix, AZ, USA
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Either hot or cold will work. You just need enough water pressure to expand the bladder and seal it in the pipe. You may have to use both hot and cold together.
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April 21, 2013
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Used outdoor cold water faucet down the vent drain and it worked like a champ.
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April 19, 2013
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Hot water is not necessary. Works just fine using the cold water from the garden hose.
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April 4, 2013
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smtrhn,
Thank you for your question. The product will work with either cold or warm water but we recommend cold water for safety reasons.
Please feel free to call our Product Experts at 800-835-2200 if you have any additional questions.
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What size drain does it fit in?

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January 26, 2013
I have a 11/2 " drain
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It comes in various pipe sizes, just make sure you buy the correct size.
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From the product description tab of the unit's webpage:
"For most medium household drains
Use to clear 1-1/2 – 3 in. drains
Rubber construction
Brass fittings
Use with garden hoses
Safe, reliable and easy to use"
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July 15, 2013
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The package says it works on 1 1/2" to 3" drains. I have a 2 1/4" drain and it worked great.
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I believe 1" to 2". Mine was 2" and worked fine.
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June 29, 2013
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I too have a 1 1/2" PVC drain . I bought the medium bladder and the small one. The medium one fit perfectly with a little room to spare. This thing worked great! Returned the small one.
Good luck!
Wouldn't hurt to have a little pail under it.
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Phoenix, AZ, USA
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June 23, 2013
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You need the medium size for sure. Small might do it but medium will work for this and most other drains in your house.
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Atlanta, GA, USA
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The medium says it fits 1 1/2 up to 3 and on a straight run it would definitely work. If you need to turn the corner you might run into problems. I had to drop from the vent on the roof because I could not turn the second corner coming in from the wall drain (with the trap removed it was a quick right then a in a few inches a down turn that I could not make)
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There are 3 different sizes. Check the specifications, but I think the medium is the right size.
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It fit my 1 1/2 drain and my 3" pipe that is on the vent stack on the roof as well.
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January 29, 2013
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Homebody,
Our apologies for not stating the drain size clearly on the product page. We will get this fixed immediately. This Medium Drain Bladder unclogs 1-1/2 In. to 3 In. drains. Please remember that this product requires a garden hose for use. Detailed instructions are included with the product. Please feel free to contact our Product experts at 800-835-2200 should you have any questions.
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Homebody,
Our apologies for not stating the drain size clearly on the product page. We will get this fixed immediately. This Medium Drain Bladder unclogs 1-1/2 In. to 3 In. drains. Please remember that this product requires a garden hose for use. Detailed instructions are included with the product. Please feel free to contact our Product experts at 800-835-2200 should you have any questions.
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The literature for the drain indicates it fits from 1-1/2" to 3". I used this on a 2" drain and it took a minute for it to expand to seal the pipe, 3" might be a stretch but it should work fine on 1-1/2.
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Medium Drain Bladder is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 143.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was skeptical about this product, but I decided to try it and possibly avoid a $100 plumber vis... I was skeptical about this product, but I decided to try it and possibly avoid a $100 plumber visit. I was pleasantly surprised. It worked just the way it was supposed to work, and it cleared my drain.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works It really works, expect a little water to back up and splash before the bladder balloons. Easy remedy is to have a towel wrapped against the pipe to minimize water leakage.
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bathroom helper This device made unclogging my pipes less messy and it is easy to use.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I tried 2 different kinds of draino/liquid plumber stuff on one of my shower drains, and that di... I tried 2 different kinds of draino/liquid plumber stuff on one of my shower drains, and that didn't work at all. I tried snaking it, and only got some hair out. I finally bought the drain bladder because I had lost the one I'd bought years ago, and it worked immediately. I'll never buy draino again. The best thing is that there is hardly any effort required. Simply take the drain plate off, stick the bladder about 1 ft in the drain pipe(bladder is obviously connected to your water hose), turn the water on, and wait a few minutes. As long as your blockage isn't from some idiot pouring mortar or cement down your drain, this thing will work great!
Date published: 2016-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from After a frustrating evening with chemical sulfuric acid, boiling water and plungers I was ready t... After a frustrating evening with chemical sulfuric acid, boiling water and plungers I was ready to call a plumber. I always hate snaking the drain and the previous time it took HOURS until it worked properly... and taking apart the clean out about 5 times... I wanted to avoid snaking at all costs... Reached out to a local plumber today and cost was going to be over $100 at least... A friend recommended this little thing and for $12 figured I'd give it a go. I could only get it 16 inches into the pipe because there was a bend under the floor... I figured, well it may not work, but we'll give it a shot anyway... Let the water run for 10 minutes tops... put everything back together & viola - no more clogged drain. Saved me over $100 and the frustration of getting out of work to meet a plumber. A+
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good product I had a clog between my sink with garbage disposal and washing machine which use the same sewer drain-off. I first used some drayno and hot water to break up debri. Then that didn't do the trick so I found this bladder and stuck it in the washer down spout first and sealed off sink. Let water run for 10min. Sink was still backing up so I disconnected bottom of sink and stuck this in pipe and sealed off washing machine downspout and let run for 20min! The debri and old food finally broke through and went down sewer pipe!! You can hear when water is running properly through pipes kind of a hollow sound! I will use this bladder once a month to keep old food from disposal clogging up drain. The auger or snake couldn't get around the S curves or hard angles in my pipes but this thing will force high pressure water through!! This is the best 12.00$ I have ever spent in my life lol!!
Date published: 2016-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from worked the first time Last night was my first time using a drain bladder style clog remover, I've used the standard snake-style cleaner on many previous occasions. I had a persistent clog in the drain under a kitchen sink and tried four times to snake the drain, each time sending 8 feet or so of snake into the drain under the kitchen sink. Each time I disassembled the trap under the sink, snaked directly into the line and then reassembled the trap. The drain remained clogged even after four tries. So I went to Home Depot last night and bought the medium drain bladder (which fit perfectly the 1 1/2 inch drain) and followed the directions. I was able to feed it past a couple of 45 degree bends before pressurizing it. I ran water through it at full blast for about a minute, pulled it out and put everything back together and now the drain is clear. Thanks for an effective, inexpensive and easy-to-use product!
Date published: 2016-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works well I have a basement floor drain tucked under a shower stall -- difficult to access. It had become slow enough that a normal shower would fill the bowl and water would flow across the floor. With great difficulty, I managed to get a snake into the drain about 5 or 6 feet, but all that did was cut my hand, break the snake cranking mechanism, and ultimately push the obstruction tighter so that even a quick wet and rinse shower would cause water across the floor. AArgh! I went to Home Depot to buy a replacement snake and saw this bladder on the shelf, so grabbed it. Back home, the bladder barely fit into the floor drain before hitting the p-trap, but it was enough. On went the water, which easily sealed the drain to prevent backflow, and the water pressure pushed the obstruction downstream and out of my life. I then removed the bladder and stuck the hose down the drain. Even with the faucet full-on, there was no backup! A complete success.
Date published: 2016-07-28
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