slow sink drains


Old 06-16-02, 11:05 AM
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slow sink drains

The bathroom sink drains slowly. The drain pipe from the sink runs pretty much horizonal (there is some slope) through the wall several feet to the vertical drain to the basement. I suspect the horizontal pipe (galvanized 1 1/2 inch) gets clogged with toothpaste. I took off the plastic P-trap (it is clean) and used a snake and a pressure bulb on the garden hose to pulse jets of water in the horizontal section of the pipe. This works OK for a few months, then the drain slows again.

Is there a chemical that I can put in the drain that will dissolve toothpaste and not harm the plastic P-trap or the metal pipe?

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Old 06-16-02, 12:08 PM
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There is an enzyme-based (non-caustic) drain cleaner that eats all organic clogging gunk called Drain Care.
It won't harm the pipes at all, but it WILL keep the drain pipe build-up out.
Just follow the directions on the jug (run warm water, put in Drain Care, let site overnight, flush with hot water).
You may have to do it more than once to get the drains completely clear, and then use it on a regular basis to keep them clear.
Good Luck!
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