Need Help w/Kitchen Drain Block

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Old 11-19-19, 11:02 AM
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Need Help w/Kitchen Drain Block

Our kitchen sink stopped draining. No amount of lye, Draino, etc. helped. When we unhooked things underneath, we saw nothing so followed the line to the basement. I unscrewed a small round plug on the side of the pvc pipe and a gusher of dirty water fell out. After reconnecting it and replacing the p trap, the sink still doesnít drain. Iím again draining the basement line and think the issue must be between there and the sink. Should I just buy an augur and run it up from the basement opening? If not, what can I do?

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Old 11-19-19, 11:14 AM
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YES! Only a snake will properly clear a clog. Chemicals are a waste of money! If your situation is similar to mine I have a re-occurring kitchen clog about half way down from the sing to the main drain. I ended up putting in a PVC long union. Now I can snake it from both directions.
 
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Thanks so much! Whatís a long union?
 
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Old 11-19-19, 03:47 PM
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Thanks so much! Whatís a long union?


Boy is this a coincidence. My wife tells me the kitchen sink seems to running slow. It usually starts very slow then all of a sudden it clogs up solid without further warning. It happens about on a two to three year intervals. That's why I installed the long union. Actually the proper term is PVC compression fitting, available at any Home store.

I know what I'll be doing tomorrow! Too tired to bother with tonight.
 
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Old 11-19-19, 06:39 PM
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The problem is not between that cleanout and the sink. The problem is below/beyond that point.
You'll need to snake from that cleanout towards the septic/sewer line.
 
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Next step: Buy a good snake. Are more professional, effective ones available from equipment rental places?
 
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Old 11-20-19, 05:27 AM
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usually a standard snake sold at BIG BOX is all that is needed. However, the thick flat tape type with a bullet at the end are better and can cut through most clogs with the push and ram action. What's more important is the proper use of a snake. Small feed, twist, small feed twist, remove clean, re-insert, and repeat.

You used chemicals earlier. Be very careful when opening any clean outs and when removing snake. Use at the very least eye protection if not full face protection.
 
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Iíll need to put the snake into a side hole fastened by a round plug with a small square thingie to twist it on and off. Itís about 6 feet to where the line leaves the house, but there are a few elbows.

Will keep you posted!
 
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Ok. Put the snake in gradually, turning whenever I felt resistance. Went in a good 15-20 feet until it wouldnít go further. Spun it a lot, but it came out clean and water still backs up. I guess Iíll call the plumber.
 
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