Slow main drain?

Old 10-31-06, 08:06 AM
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Slow main drain?

Hi, we have a two-story house with the drain exiting directly below where the kitchen is on the upper floor. When we dump a bunch of water down the sink drain (e.g. tub for hand-washed dishes) it backs up a floor and shower drain on the bottom story that are closest to the main drain exit. I am assuming that this is indicating a clogging main drain as the water can't exit quickly enough through the kitchen drain into the main drain (which appears to be just a bit downstream of the downstairs floor drains). What is the usual manner to attack something like this? Should I try a "draino" type of cleaner or should I just call the plumber to have them roto-rooter it out?

Old 10-31-06, 08:48 AM
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Drain prob.

You are wasting your time using chemical clearners, you need to have it rodded out; if you mix chemicals you may damage the system, I think you need a pro, sorry. Lots of luck.

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Old 10-31-06, 08:52 AM
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Like said, forget the chemicals. if you do not feel capable of renting a large drain auger and cleaning it yourself, then you'll need to call a plumber in. Probably roots in the line.
Old 10-31-06, 10:28 AM
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This is a reasonable DIY project if you want to buy your own snake. You're likely going to be doing this every couple years.

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