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Kitchen Drain (by Brett [OH]) Jan 7, 2018 3:00 PM
       Kitchen Drain (by Vee [OH]) Jan 7, 2018 3:57 PM
       Kitchen Drain (by Dave [MO]) Jan 7, 2018 4:09 PM
       Kitchen Drain (by Brett [OH]) Jan 7, 2018 4:10 PM
       Kitchen Drain (by Brett [OH]) Jan 7, 2018 4:15 PM
       Kitchen Drain (by Steve [MA]) Jan 7, 2018 5:10 PM
       Kitchen Drain (by AllyM [NJ]) Jan 7, 2018 6:23 PM
       Kitchen Drain (by Robert J [CA]) Jan 7, 2018 6:56 PM
       Kitchen Drain (by Susan [OH]) Jan 8, 2018 4:01 AM
       Kitchen Drain (by Andrew, Canada [ON]) Jan 8, 2018 6:42 AM
       Kitchen Drain (by Brett [OH]) Jan 8, 2018 7:24 AM
       Kitchen Drain (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jan 9, 2018 5:28 PM
       Kitchen Drain (by Brett [OH]) Jan 9, 2018 6:26 PM


Kitchen Drain (by Brett [OH]) Posted on: Jan 7, 2018 3:00 PM
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I have never failed to open a kitchen drain stoppage, until today, and in our own home. Under the sink the drain goes into the wall and then turns right for 18 inches then I assume it T's to a vent going up and the drain going down. The T should be directing the snake down but the snake is apparently going up the vent as it isn't working and comes back clean. There is a clean out in the basement but I cannot go backwards up as it goes back at 45 degrees. I am stymied as it is. Thinking of re-routing or simply cutting the ABS in the basemen so I can go backwards. Maybe install a clean-out going backwards. Advice plumbers? Thanks!

--76.189.xxx.xxx




Kitchen Drain (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jan 7, 2018 3:57 PM
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I think you answered your own question about cutting in and putting in a -test tee-, this is the one without directional curve of any kind and has a plug, once the stuff starts moving thru you will know why a sanitary tee or wye is a bad idea. --76.188.xxx.xx




Kitchen Drain (by Dave [MO]) Posted on: Jan 7, 2018 4:09 PM
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Try snaking from the roof vent. --72.24.xx.xx




Kitchen Drain (by Brett [OH]) Posted on: Jan 7, 2018 4:10 PM
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Thanks Vee. After I posted , I took a hacksaw to the thing and I got it going snaking backwards. I don't know what it was but it's flowing great. It happened so quickly that I can't say. Susie thinks maybe a bird flew down, made the wrong turn and "Bob's your uncle!" Maybe? Thanks again Buddy! Stay warm!

--76.189.xxx.xxx




Kitchen Drain (by Brett [OH]) Posted on: Jan 7, 2018 4:15 PM
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Not a bad thought Dave. Thanks!

--76.189.xxx.xxx




Kitchen Drain (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Jan 7, 2018 5:10 PM
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Sounds like someone might have used a T instead of a TY fitting where the horizontal sink line meets the vertical line or it's possible that the blockage was somehow forcing the snake up instead of down. --72.93.xxx.xxx




Kitchen Drain (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 7, 2018 6:23 PM
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It froze. It thawed. Big chunks of fatty water can get pretty solid. --73.33.xxx.xxx




Kitchen Drain (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jan 7, 2018 6:56 PM
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There is something called a "Drop End Snake Cable" or a "Double Drop End Snake Cable". If you have trouble that your snaking cable is going up the air stack because the drain going down at the "Tee" or "Y" is plugged, then a Drop End cable weight will stear it downwards. IF that doesn't work, try water pressure with a hose and inflatable drain balloon. --47.156.xx.xx




Kitchen Drain (by Susan [OH]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 4:01 AM
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Ally-we originally thought fat, but we've lived in this house, which was built for us, for almost 30 years. NEVER EVER happened before, and I make it a habit NOT to let any more fat go down the drain than I can- I wipe it our with a paper towel and throw it in the trash. Happened too quickly to be frozen, I think. --76.189.xxx.xxx




Kitchen Drain (by Andrew, Canada [ON]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 6:42 AM
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I second roberts suggestion of a drop head snake.

It can make turns others cant.

I tried many times to clear a drain over several years with standard snakes. Improved but never fully cleared it.

I learnt about the drop head snake and first try i removed a wire twist tie a tenant alllowed to go down the drain...no problems since. --65.94.xxx.xxx




Kitchen Drain (by Brett [OH]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 7:24 AM
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Steve, I also thought that the plumber put a straight Tee in for some reason, but since I now can go backwards up the pipe I guess I will never know. Robert, I thought about a drop end snake, I will look at them. I bought one of the inflating nozzle ones many years back but I must have loaned it away. Ally, I also assumed ice in there, but after not being able to get through, I opened the pipe in the basement so I could go up and it went through with little resistance, and like you said, ice is solid. Guess it is a mystery that will go unsolved for now. Still, thanks for all the good ideas. That is what I love about Jefffey's site. --76.189.xxx.xxx




Kitchen Drain (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 5:28 PM
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Can you access the roof vent? --24.101.xxx.xxx




Kitchen Drain (by Brett [OH]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 6:26 PM
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I could have come down the stack perhaps. I opened the pipe in the basement and went up backwards. Got right through and closed it up for the future as a clean out site. Thanks --76.189.xxx.xxx





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