I have a slow kitchen drain.
I has used several of the liquid plumber and friends things
down the drain. Upon flushing after the wait period, the
drain runs beautifully.
But 20 minutes later, it is back the way it was.
further down the drain pipe, the washer exhausts into the
same drain pipe. The washer has no problem at all. So I
presume, the clog is somewhere between the kitchen sink
and where the washer enters.
I have poked around the sink pipe with one of those
hair grabbers and nothing but a slight amount of scum
Any words of wisdom? Is there a better chemical to try?
Is it time to call a plumber?
Drain plunger doesn't work. Tried several time.
Snake: I have a nice snake for clearing toilets, but
the end piece won't fit through the sink grill.
Is there a special snake that is a lot smaller?
Cussing doesn't work either (not an admission
that I cuss).
Remove the drain trap (U pipe). Thats the only way to do it. If
necessary, buy a new trap kit. The PVC ones are not costly, and replace
the whole trap unit.
I have freed partially clogged drains by shoving a garden hose in the
drain, with a washcloth around the drain, to force as much water as
possible down the drain, and not into the sink. Be sure to have another
person at the spigot where the hose is connected to shut it off quickly
if it starts to overflow.
If it's a double sink, you'll need to seal the other drain with a piece
of rubber or something, and have yet another person hold it down
tightly. This is not a one person operation. but it often works.
By the way, if this was a bathroom sink, you'd have to seal the overflow
opening. Again, rubber and someone to hold it, works.
On Monday, March 7, 2016 at 12:30:01 AM UTC-5, email@example.com wrote:
Never do that or use a plunger on a kitchen sink.
You'll just force crud through the dishwasher hose into the dishwasher. Good luck getting that out again.
Yeah, I know because I made that mistake. Once. Now I pull the trap and snake it.
I find most liquid drain cleaners don't do anything as they are not strong
enough. The best one I have found is an acid based drain cleaner, it is made
by a few companies but may be hard to find, last time I got some from Lowes.
You can tell if it is acid based by reading the ingredients which will have
a warning that it is acid. I got an example of how well it works when I
wiped some drips from the mouth of the bottle with a Kleenex, a few minutes
later the wet area turned brown and dissolved. Use care as it can do a lot
of damage to you or your possessions, probably not safe on old metal drain
pipes, OK on plastic pipes.
On Monday, March 7, 2016 at 11:32:02 AM UTC-5, EXT wrote:
I think acids eat different things than alkalis, so it might depend on what
the clog is.
Years ago I disposed of a small quantity of HCl left over from a floor tile
job by diluting it in a five gallon bucket of water and pouring down the t
oilet. The most foul odor you can imagine rose from the vent stacks and yo
u could smell it so strong outside I thought the neighbors would complain.
I guess even diluted it reacted with whatever organic crud was lining the
pipes. The drains did run much better though.
On Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 10:16:49 PM UTC-5, T wrote:
What kind of pipes do you have?
If you have galvanized, they may be so clogged up with scum and debris
that all you have left is a small, spiraling hole through the gunk.
I opened up my galvanized pipes to install a disposer many years ago and
was amazed that the sink drained at all. 6 feet of pipe from the sink
to the stack in the basement and you couldn't see through any 2 foot
section of it.
I replaced it all with PVC and haven't had a clog in 30+ years of disposer
use with a family of 6.
Haven't had the time. I actually had customer appointments
out of the office four days this week, which is a good sign.
usually, I only get one day out a week with this recession.
I put the three dollar plastic thing down and got nothing
back, not even any grease. So, the clog must be further down
the line. That would explain why chemicals don't work. They
sit in the p-trap, which is clean already.
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