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  •  BeninSC: I know this is really late (4+ / 0-)

    But a few tips for clearing a clog:

    How much water you pour down the drain (beginning with an empty sink, of course) before it backs up into the sink can give you a real clue about how far down the clog is. A pint means the trap is plugged, a quart or two means probably in the first few feet and possibly at an elbow, a gallon would probably indicate more than 6 feet down, or near where most lines join the tree - the larger "main" drain pipe. These are the 3 most likely places for clogs, by the way - where water slows or cavitates or gets turbulent, oddly enough, because that's where grease settles and begins to capture solids, leading to a clog, at traps, elbows, tees and "Y's", plus joints between sections of old drain pipes, or even low spots in horizontal runs.

    The best way to approach a clog in the trap is to remove it and clean it out over a bucket. Removing a trap also will allow you to snake further down much more easily. Using a longer snake, at least as long as the pipe from your sink to the middle of your street, where most municipal sewer connections are, will let you clean out anything that's your responsibility; beyond that point it's usually the municipality's problem and you'll need to call them; you might have to demonstrate that you "cleared so many feet" (to that connection under the street) before they'll do it though, so knowing how long you need to clear can be more than helpful.

    Also, if snaking by hand doesn't clear it, rent a powered auger - it isn't hard to operate, but ask the rental place to show you the operation, and only do it with a helper in case of problems - plus, make sure the helper also knows how to work the tool. Use a "cutter head", which is 2 semi-circular blades that will cut, not grab, obstructions in the pipe. Again, run it out to that approximate length to make sure you clean all of the run between sewer hookup and your tree, at least.

    Next, if your snakes were long and between them and boiling water you didn't clear it, you may be looking at either a solid clog, or a damaged line. In that case, or in case you snake to an obstruction that a cutter head power auger can't clear, you might want to hire a plumber with a camera - I have several friends who had clogs because of sagging horizontal runs, or a crushed pipe, and a camera will show that quickly.

    A clogged roof vent can't cause this problem, of course, it must be further down, the question is how far. Do you have other sinks backing up, or only the kitchen? Is yes, the clog is below those connections to the tree as well. If you have other drains flowing freely, it's above them but below the sink (where they connect to the tree), does that make sense? Look, trace what pipes go to where, then test each drain and use logic to pinpoint the logical place on the tree to aim for - it is common to find a clog at the tree connection for a drain line. And if you have snaked the sink drain as well as you can, but other drains connected below it are flowing, I'll bet you have a solid object caught in that drain line, and not leaves or organic debris.

    Keep us posted, or even drop me a Kosmail - we'll advise you further if you want. Hope this helpS!
    John

    "When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." Thomas Jefferson

    by CodeTalker on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 10:26:18 PM PST

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