Had to call plumber to snake kitchen sink.
Looked back in check book-- had it done in FEBRUARY! Each time, plumber said it was grease and ? sludge?
That is TOO OFTEN! Never used to need it more than every 3-4 years.
I try very hard NOT to put grease down the sink! I scrape grease into the garbage can before I soak fry pan in soap & water. I hardly use disposal at all; scrape food into compost jar.
Asked plumber what I could put down drain periodically to remedy situation.
He suggested bleach. I asked how much & how dilute, if at all. Didn't get clear answer.
Group, what has been your experience? What do you recommend?
Ditto to that. I replaced a bathroom sink after about 20 years, and
the horizontal drain pipe was caked with about 1/2-inch of packed
solids. In my case, cleaning it out was really easy to do. Until then,
it was always backing up. Now it's been a year and still flows freely.
How far does his snake go before he clears the pipes? Could it be roots?
Did you have a fairly mild winter?
A guy that worked for one of the biggest plumbing companies in my area told
me that mild winters can to more roots in the spring. He said that in the
years where they don't deal with a lot of frozen and burst pipes during the
winter, they tend to get more calls for roots in the drains during the
Since there is not a lot of water in the ground from the snow, the roots go
searching and usually find the drain pipes.
On Friday, July 19, 2013 4:51:22 PM UTC-5, Higgs Boson wrote:
d it done in FEBRUARY! Each time, plumber said it was grease and ? sludge?
That is TOO OFTEN! Never used to need it more than every 3-4 years. I try v
ery hard NOT to put grease down the sink! I scrape grease into the garbage
can before I soak fry pan in soap & water. I hardly use disposal at all; sc
rape food into compost jar. Asked plumber what I could put down drain perio
dically to remedy situation. He suggested bleach. I asked how much & how di
lute, if at all. Didn't get clear answer. Group, what has been your experie
nce? What do you recommend? TIA HB
Boiling water, a gallon or two, every month, and also dump some of the gene
ric drain unstopper stuff from Walmart, HD or Lowes or Menards down wheneve
r you think it might be slowing down.
I had a line that acted like that. finally had it all replaced after it leaked. how old is the home? the line was totally sluged up.......
it was copper and the interior was rotted.
had all PVC installed and its been years no leaks no backed up lines.
the downstream line might be bad leading to poor drainage and sluge collection.....
my main house drain lne has had root troubles for perhaps 15 years....
so a couple times a year dump a 25 pound bag of rocksalt in the basement washtub, mx hot water with a shovel to make a rich salt mixture, then everyone goes out for day.....
no root troubles anymore.....
You know what your problem is, be careful what you try to wash down
there. Do you have garburator? Only time I need to snkae the sink drain
was when tea ball is accidentally sucked down. I took care of it myself.
Rented an auger from HD rental dept. Also don't use hot water when using
I guess we're talking hot water from the tap,
because you couldn't boil enough hot water to make
all that much of a difference.
But, you could run hot water from the tap for a while.
I don't know much about garbage disposal units; as I
almost never use mine (once a year or so, when something
falls into the opening).
On Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:51:22 -0700 (PDT), Higgs Boson
Is the drain pipe the proper size and have few bends? Clog in the
same place? In my last house, I had the same problem because of the
way the drain line was run. It was a lead pipe (built late 1940s) and
the bend caused it to narrow down a bit. Final solution was to cut
the lead pipe and put in a 2' section of steam hose with clamps. I
could easily take it out and clean it.
In this house, it has never clogged. We have a dishwasher so it gets
caustic detergent and hot water on a regular basis. I'm also very
careful about grease going into the drain. All frying pans or greasy
pots get drained into a jar for grease disposal. The little that gets
washed is always with detergent and plenty of water.
On Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:51:22 -0700, Higgs Boson wrote:
To answer the question, I've never had to snake my own kitchen
sink; but I've twice had to help a friend who throws all sorts
of stuff down the drain.
So, in *my* humble experience, zero to once every couple of
years is how long (depending on how much crud you put in the
Having said that, I can't figure out how to snake a kitchen sink
*without* disassembling at least the basket, which means the
pipes, which means I don't bother snaking simply because once
you've taken the plumbing apart, you can *see* the clogs and
push them out with your finger.
So, I ask the OP ... what did the plumber use to snake the
kitchen sink? Presumably one side has a garbage disposal (which
to my knowledge, can't be snaked); while the other side has
a basket, which would take a mighty thin snake (e.g., a coat
hanger-thick wire) without disassembly.
Maybe plumber checks and clean pPtrap and snake the drain thru access
port. Every drain pipe has access port tapped in with Y fitting.
unscrew the cap snake from there. I just did it once using auger. It
fished out little SS tea ball which went down by accident
On Sun, 21 Jul 2013 00:17:16 -0600, Tony Hwang wrote:
I understand. But the OP didn't mention that so that's why
I had asked.
In "my" recent situation, for example, there was no p-trap
plug to remove; so I went through the outside 2" access pipe;
yet, to actually *snake* the kitchen drain, would have taken
a much smaller diameter than your typical snakes are, because
of the way a kitchen drain is designed (so that stuff doesn't
go down it, I guess).
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