Sorry if this has been covered before but...
I have a clogged kitchen drain. There is a disposal on the sink. Running
the disposal clear the sink, but the water line settles at the top of the
disposal and will not go any lower. I took off the pipes and ran a 25 foot
snake, all of it, and found nothing in the way.
Last night I shaved off my beard. It had been growing since before the
superbowl, so it was quite a bit of hair. I was worried that if I ran
it down the sink it would clog things up, so I scooped it all up and
flushed it instead.
If you were using a little 1/4" cable-in-a-drum snake, it may not be
big enuf to clear a kitchen drain. Often the gooey clog will simply
congeal again after the snake leaves.
Rent a bigger hand-held powered snake with bigger cable and cutter.
Also, make sure the snake actually goes *down* the drain and not *up*
the vent (if it has a vent).
If you are certain there is no vent, you could use one of those
expansion plugs that attach to a garden hose to flush the drain
under pressure. This can be effective in some cases. Do NOT
try it if there is a vent; you may flood the kitchen.
Am I correct in assuming that the flood you refer to occurs when you
take out the expansion plug without realizing that you've just pushed
water up into and filled the ventpipe all the way to its tippy top?
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