I've used all of these methods to clean out a vacuum hose at one time
1 - Connect the hose to the "output" end of the vacuum cleaner and
blow the blockage out.
2 - Drop a weight down the hose and shake it so the weight pounds the
blockage and dislodges it.
3 - Put a garden hose in the vacuum hose and use water pressure to
dislodge the blockage.
Yes, the last one is a bit extreme, and you should let the hose dry
out before you use it, but trust me, it works.
Why do you say that?
If the hair never gets hung up within the reach of the Zip It, what
purpose would using it "on an occasional basis" serve?
You must be assuming that some hair remains within reach of the tool
for a period of time and then suddenly, or perhaps over time, moves
its way farther down and out of reach.
I'm not sure why you would make that assumption. It has certainly
never been my experience to find some small amount of hair in the trap
or above when I disassemble the drain to get to the section inside the
Because stuff could be getting hung up initially within the reach of
the Zip it, so removing it before it has a chance to move farther on
down, lodge and accumulate more would be prudent.
Hey, you know what? That's actually been known to happen!
So that's been your experience with your plumbing. Many other people
have had different experiences. A lot of clogged traps have been
disassembled over the years. It's a shame that your setup is somehow
making it harder for you to clear blockages.
So how about we change the words "*will* greatly reduce the odds of
such a blockage recurring" to "*might* greatly reduce the odds of such
a blockage recurring"?
That was the only point of my response. In my case, I do not believe
We're on a private septic system, so we try not to pour chemicals down our
Like you, we simply pull the trap assemblies apart a couple times a year
and clean them out. The vast majority of the hair and gunk is within the
first foot or so of the drains, so this gets us free flowing pipes again.
My wife actually takes ours apart and cleans them out. She thinks it's
"fun". :) Saves me the messy job.
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