Plumbing in the Home/Bath Tub Drain



My bath tub literally takes 20 minutes to drain.  But it is totally fine just running water straight down the drain. No issues with showering, only upon opening stopper to drain the tub. All the pipes are fairly new (PVC).

Any insight on causes, troubleshooting to or potential fixes would be much appreciated.  Thanks.

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Hi Ray,
This sounds like an adjustment issue with the actual stopper.  Correcting would depend on which kind is installed. there are several styles used.

If it is the standard trip lever waste and overflow setup, the length of the lift rod between the trip lever and the stopper bucket can be adjusted. This can be accessed by removing the two screws at the sides of the trip lever and pulling the assembly up and out. I'll attach a pic of this typical setup.

If it is the "toe-tap" style, these can be adjusted by spinning the actual stopper in the tub to cause it to open up more. Other styles vary by manufacturer.

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