My kitchen sink is getting clogged. Due to past experiences, the problem c
an only be treated in the basement where i can see the slanted pipe going d
own the main drain. In the past a plumber inserted a plug with a screw and
a flange and a rubber on one end. It works perfectly for water to get to th
e drain without dripping from that plug hole. Unfortunately, it has to be r
emoved so now I could put my hose into it and unclog the clog...but now I d
o not want to replace a plug and heard that there is a certain type of seal
tape, red or black, that would have the same effect as the plug. Can someo
ne recommend such a tape? Name and etc.?
On Thursday, January 2, 2014 2:57:12 PM UTC-5, TimR wrote:
, you just turn the screw until it seals. I wouldn't use a hose though, tr
y a snake first.
Right it is a expandable plug. What about the tape they talk about..any inf
o on that? I have to cover that hole after snaking...i don't want to have
to install and remove that plug every time I need to unclog the pipe. Cover
ing it with a seal tape sounds more to my liking. LOL
tape they talk about..any info on that? I have to
cover that hole after snaking...i don't want to
have to install and remove that plug every time
I need to unclog the pipe. Covering it with a
seal tape sounds more to my liking. LOL
And how often is that? Twice a year?
I'd have more confidence in expanding plug,
compared to some tape that dries out, and you
have to buy new tape each time.
In five years in this house I've snaked 3 times.
Once it was a hairball. (3 long haired women in the family)
Once it was a feminine product, everybody denied knowledge. Must have been a burglar.
Once it was grease.
If your drains clog more than occasionally, something is wrong.
On Thursday, January 2, 2014 4:38:36 PM UTC-5, philo wrote:
been a burglar.
I was thinking that too, especially since he has to use the main cleanout i
n the basement. I'm picturing the typical Y-junction cleanout.
If he has tree roots, then his drain line needs to be replaced. You can't
just keep cutting them out.
No matter what, he needs to put the cap back when done. I was concerned
about sewer gas and someone else mentioned the drain could back
up,,,which would fill the house with sewage.
All for being too lazy to replace the cap.
Doesn't sound like roots to me. He said it's his kitchen sink that's
clogged. I think he'd be having problems everywhere if the main drain was
clogged with roots.
Besides, even if it is roots, it doesn't mean that his drain line needs to
Obviously, eliminating the source of the roots is one solution, but not
always possible or desirable. However, lining the pipe using Cure In Place
Piping (AKA epoxy lining) is usually much cheaper and certainly less
invasive than replacement of the pipe itself.
Another option is the one I've been using to keep the roots at bay for over
3 years: RootX
I used to get partial blockages and have to snake my sewer line about once
a year. A camera showed it was roots coming from the top of a junction, Now
I apply an annual treatment of RootX in late winter and haven't had any
blockages - partial or otherwise - in over 3 years.
I see they also have a GreaseX product for grease elimination.
Disclaimer: I have no connection with the RootX company other than as a
On Thursday, January 2, 2014 8:35:50 PM UTC-5, TimR wrote:
e been a burglar.
in the basement. I'm picturing the typical Y-junction cleanout.
t just keep cutting them out.
No tree roots to worry about..I live in the city...no tree nearby. Why do p
eople have to jump to conclusions. I had no idea when I posted this message
that I had also include the 'whatnots'.. its an old home and the plumbing
is not the typical setup whoever did it...the pipe is slanted so the water
could and should run freely towards the main drain of the house, unless it
gets clogged and it does get clogged now and then. So i figured the way to
clean it out either with a snake or a hose, into the hole that the first pl
umber i hired made. He then stuck an expansion plug. The second time he ca
me around he removed that plug and did just that...so I figured i could sav
e myself some bucks and do it myself, but now I heard about this water seal
tape...and what about that flex seal spray that is constantly shown on TV
Ok, I'll try to be nice.
People jump to conclusions because they can't see your house from where
they are sitting and there wasn't enough information in your post to
eliminate the assumption that it might be roots. You said the main drain
was involved and roots in the main drain can often lead to fixtures backing
up. Don't take it out on those that are trying to help. That is what you
came here for, isn't it?
Now, as for your question...it's been answered. Don't try tape and don't
try the spray seal. You paid a plumber to fix your drain last time, right?
Did he use tape? No. Did he use an As Seen On TV product? No. There are
very good reasons that he didn't.
You said that what he used has "a screw and a flange and a rubber on one
end". What does "a rubber on one end mean"? A rubber _what_?
Does it look like this?
That's a Fernco coupling and is often used to seal or connect drain pipes.
Does it look something like this?
That's an expansion plug.
BTW...Why is it that you don't want to use the plug again and are looking
for a workaround?
Could you post a picture? If we had a picture, we wouldn't have to jump to
as many conclusions.
You also said "the plumbing is not the typical set up". What is a "typical
set up" and why is yours not "typical"? Again we can't see your house from
where we're sitting so we don't know what that means.
bushes can clog sewer lines to. At first i dint believe that till i found the fitzer bushes roots wrapped around the house and went straight down top the sewer.
found the roots when rebuilding the retaining wall on top of the sewer line...
had to cut them all down.....
finally went t putting rock salt down the drain perodically. salt kills the roots but leaves the trees fine
Seriously? You would rather risk a waste flood in your basement because you
used some moronic shortcut like tape instead of just using a proper working
solution such as the plug?
Sure, go ahead and use the tape, it's not my basement.
On 01/03/2014 03:29 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Though it certainly would be better than the foolish idea of taping it
up...I don't recall seeing any other than the threaded "screw-in" variety.
Besides, it would probably take more time to tape it up than to screw in
a proper cover anyway.
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