Lost auger down vent pipe

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Old 06-15-13, 08:03 PM
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Lost auger down vent pipe

My kitchen sink and washing machine are on the same line. There was a clog that made them both back up. The clog was past the washing machine drain. I took a 25 foot auger to the roof vent. I kept feeding it down the vent pipe and I didn't realize it wasn't attached to anything. So the whole thing went down. I got a 50 foot auger and put it down to try and hook the other one. I didn't make contact with it.
My question is, will the 25 foot one just keep going and go out into the city sewer system? Or do I need to attempt to get it out?
The good news is that the clog is fixed.
 
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Old 06-15-13, 08:16 PM
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It may or may not keep going, but if it hits a pumping station, it might not be a happy outcome. Just in case, better to contact those in authority just in case. I suspect it would get caught in a step chamber, but it all depends upon your system.

I'm sure others here are more knowledgeable than I so stay tuned.

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Old 06-15-13, 09:53 PM
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You should get it out... It isnt going anywhere IMO... Will just stay where it is...

You need a new snake with a retriever bit to get it out....
 
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Old 06-16-13, 04:18 AM
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Welcome to our forums!

If it is 25 feet long it may have enough weight to make the first 90 deg bend but will likely stop moving when it is mostly horizontal.
Water flow will not carry it down the line.

If you go in the basement at the first bend it is likely half into the horizontal stretch.
Can you dismantle this section?
 
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Old 06-16-13, 09:33 AM
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Lol.
I live in the south. We don't have basements.
 
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Old 06-16-13, 10:52 AM
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Hmm, my bad!
Well, start digging then!

If you modify my answer it would mean that you would see if you could open the pipe where it enters the slab.
 
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Old 06-16-13, 04:08 PM
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Hello, Where is the vent located, over the kitchen sink or was it over the washer? Go to the fixture the vent is over and remove the clean out or the piping and look inside the pipe and see if the snake is there. If it is at least you know where to start.
Good Luck Woodbutcher
 
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