Fixing a Slow/Clogged Drain

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by TheCampanile, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. TheCampanile

    TheCampanile Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    100
    5
    18
    Ratings:
    +5 / 0 / -0
    I am sure there are some qualified people on here to answer this, so I figured I would take a shot. I have a slow bathroom drain that has been slow on and off for a while. Plumbers have cleared it before, but it seems like the blockage is down in the pipes at least a few feet. It got slow again and my landlord is suggesting trying Draino/Liquid Plumber, but would this help at all given the blockage is down low?

    I took apart the fixture under the sink and cleaned out the pipes fairly thoroughly, but it seems the problem is deeper in the pipes. Suggestions without calling a plumber?
     
  2. boone7247

    boone7247 Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2011
    2,399
    84
    48
    Male
    CPA
    Near the City
    Ratings:
    +274 / 12 / -0
    sulphuric acid
     
  3. oldman

    oldman Well-Known Member

    Nov 5, 2009
    6,031
    358
    83
    Ratings:
    +608 / 8 / -0
    Have you tried a plunger? Is it a sink or bathtub? I have three women in my house, so a slow drain usually means hair. Liquid Plumbr will dissolve it, or if I'm impatient, I'll use a bent coat hanger. That can be a nasty business, though.
     
  4. Wesley

    Wesley Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    70,964
    542
    113
    Envr Engr/Program Manager
    Omaha
    Ratings:
    +544 / 0 / -0
    Try drano or equivalent first from Lowes. It cannot be any harder on cast iron or whatever pipes you have than people reaming it out from your roof. Obviously it builds up time after time so your lines may be fairly flat. Maybe you have a dead mouse in the lines or a bush growing in with its roots.
     
  5. Wesley

    Wesley Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    70,964
    542
    113
    Envr Engr/Program Manager
    Omaha
    Ratings:
    +544 / 0 / -0
    A little Beano does wonders.
     
  6. ianoconnor

    ianoconnor Well-Known Member

    Nov 11, 2007
    8,804
    350
    83
    Urbandale
    Ratings:
    +638 / 18 / -0
  7. Wesley

    Wesley Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    70,964
    542
    113
    Envr Engr/Program Manager
    Omaha
    Ratings:
    +544 / 0 / -0
  8. TheCampanile

    TheCampanile Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    100
    5
    18
    Ratings:
    +5 / 0 / -0
    My concern is that it is in the deeper pipes and am worried that the drain cleaner will get caught in the pipes directly under the sink and be a huge mess if a plumber indeed does need to be called. I have cleaned out drains before, but usually no more than a couple feet in. This might be corrosion in the pipes down below.
     
  9. NATEizKING

    NATEizKING Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    11,980
    877
    113
    Hilton
    Ratings:
    +2,604 / 93 / -0
    Draino first then get a snake if that doesn't work, just had this problem with the washer drain not keeping up and overflowing the pipe and had to snake it out.
     
  10. imaclone2

    imaclone2 Member

    Jun 7, 2008
    79
    8
    8
    Ratings:
    +8 / 0 / -0
    Sounds like a snake is needed this time, but once you have it cleared, spray water from your garden hose in the drain(s) to keep them unclogged.
     
  11. Swanson10

    Swanson10 Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    1,883
    62
    48
    Ratings:
    +62 / 0 / -0
    you should avoid "drano's" if possible. Buy a snake, 15'-25' long, and use that. I know in this day and age of laziness the work might be tough, but it is what is needed.
     
  12. ripvdub

    ripvdub Well-Known Member

    Mar 20, 2006
    7,996
    262
    83
    Male
    Sk-Ankeny
    Ratings:
    +435 / 41 / -0
    Snake or a wire clothes hanger or plunger and hot water. If its that bad where those dont work drano of any kind wont do much.
     
  13. urb1

    urb1 Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    2,109
    124
    63
    Urbandale
    Ratings:
    +306 / 14 / -0
    I start with hot water just in case you can loosen it. Then I try a snake.

    Hint regarding kitchen sinks. Don't put a lot of potato peels down a disposal. They tend to clog beyond the disposal. We had to get a plumber - the clog was beyond the length of our snake.
     
  14. Rabbuk

    Rabbuk Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    24,590
    1,062
    113
    Ratings:
    +3,632 / 115 / -0
    Try a plunger first. I'd say drano is a last option if your house is old.
     
  15. TheCampanile

    TheCampanile Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    100
    5
    18
    Ratings:
    +5 / 0 / -0
    Thanks for the advice. No problem doing the hard work, just have to figure out the right tools, and I will probably have to buy a good snake to get down there.
     
  16. DarkStar

    DarkStar Active Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    742
    29
    28
    DBA
    Omaha, NE
    Ratings:
    +55 / 2 / -0
    In addition to the other suggestions, white vinegar is something cheap you can put down a bathroom sink/shower/tub to help keep the soap scum build up down. But if it seems like the blockage is deeper then you should invest in a snake.

    First couple years with my wife, we had an unofficial Thanksgiving tradition of me snaking the pipes to remove a deep pipe blockage.

    Finally convinced her that there are certain things you should not put down the disposal or toilet. Getting her trained has stopped a lot of my plumbing problems.

    Good Luck.
     
  17. rhino3382

    rhino3382 Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    391
    22
    18
    15 min South of Hilton
    Ratings:
    +31 / 0 / -0
    553490d4-17bb-4478-8331-97bb9b1caccc_400.jpg

    go to home depot and get one of these. go up onto the roof and stick this down the air vent pipe on the roof. turn the water on full blast. have someone in the house to watch the sinks and tubs. all your draining problems will be gone


    * i had a slow draining sink in the house i bought last year. i tried everything under the sun and then came across this. from the sounds of it, your clog is deep into the main line
     
  18. 1100011CS

    1100011CS Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    11,808
    463
    83
    Marshalltown
    Ratings:
    +948 / 29 / -0
    Honest question: if you use one of these and the clog is past the point where the vent goes up won't the water just come blasting up out of the drain of the sink/toilet/tub that is running slow?
     
  19. isuska

    isuska Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2011
    3,075
    205
    63
    Ankeny, IA
    Ratings:
    +356 / 6 / -0
    if it was your crapper, I'd say get one of these
    [​IMG]
     
  20. Wesley

    Wesley Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    70,964
    542
    113
    Envr Engr/Program Manager
    Omaha
    Ratings:
    +544 / 0 / -0
    Rent one from Home Depot if you want a commercial unit.
     

Share This Page