I have got a clog in one of my bathroom sinks. I have used one of the hand
augers that you push down the pipe and then turn it. Unfortunately it seems
to get stopped where it must T into another pipe and this is before the
blockage. I've seen the smaller versions that are 25' long and can be
connected to a drill. I'm wondering if that type of auger would be any
better at making the turn at the T? Thanks.
Sounds like you are running the snake down the sink drain.
It's almost certain that you'll have to take the trap
apart and run the snake directly into the drain opening
in the wall. (Once in a while the snake will successfully
navigate the trap and go where you want but that's rare.)
If the TEE is right there behind the drain opening in the
wall, you shouldn't have any trouble. In some cases the TEE
is one stud space over and just an EL is present at the
wall opening. That's *much* harder to snake.
The "snake-in-a-drum" for the drill has a fair chance of
getting the clog. If not, rent a small hand-held power auger.
I'm no plumber, but I had the same "problem". I had assumed that the
procedure was to push the auger down to the clog and then turn it. I
removed the plug from the trap under my bath sink and inserted the
snake, only to have it get stuck at the first tee, about 1 foot in.
I decided to attach the drill anyway. Lo and behold, when I turned the
drill on (in the "forward" direction), the auger started to pull
itself into the pipe. It took care of the clog quickly.
A few tips:
Use a vari-speed drill, and start it off slow. If you kink up the
snake in the pipe I shudder to imagine the cost of the repair. If you
have a reasonably powerful cordless, that's even better.
DON'T USE A KINKED SNAKE! I'm told it can break off inside the pipe.
I'm thankful that that's one lesson I didn't have to learn the hard
My first snake was a cheap one, which had a thumbscrew to tighten the
snake at whatever length you had let out of the unit. Since you could
only have maybe 18" "showing" between the housing and the pipe at any
time (or else the snake would just tangle up), you have to repeatedly
loosen the screw, pay put a little more snake and then tighten it
again. When that snake died, I got one (Ridgid) that has a trigger
that lets you pay out some more snake while "drilling".
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