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Re: clogged drain

Posted By: Matt
Wednesday, 6 December 2000, at 6:58 p.m.

In Response To: clogged drain (Kathrine Jones)

You could try an enzymatic product. There are many on the market for slow drains. Basically you just pour a measured amount in the drain with warm water (preferably at night when you can let the stuff eat away at the gunk in the pipe). You repeat this for about 7 nights. I have had marginal luck with these products. Another is to try are the new foaming cleaners which are supposed to remove build up on the walls of the pipe. I have had marginal luck with these as well. I had best luck using a small hand held drain snake. You have to remove the trap under the sink but in the long run this has been the best fix. Snakes are available at your local home center or hardware store. They often have ones in nice plastic cases that you can spin by hand. Just loosen the nuts holding the trap with a pair of adjustable pliers (AKA channel locks) or by hand if possible. Then remove the trap. Make sure you have a bucket to catch any water that may drip out. Then take the snake and start feeding it down the pipe turning as you go. This will cut away most build up on the pipe walls. reinstall the trap after pulling the snake up and run water down the drain. Check for leaks and continue to run water down the drain for about 10 minutes to flush the lines. Good luck.

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