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Old 12-31-2009, 06:48 PM   #1
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So my wife and I bought our first house last January. Fast forward to today and we have a very clogged kitchen sink.

Maybe a month ago it acted somewhat clogged, a little Drano and all was good. A few days ago it acted about the same. Drano made zero progress. Made a quick run to Home Stinko and came home with Zep commercial drain cleaner. Still no dice.

The water will run for close to a minute before it starts backing up into the sink.

What's my next step? Buy a snake and run it down from the roof vent or try to locate a clean out outside somewhere? Go ahead and pay the piper for a plumber to come out and look at it.

Will my Homeowners warranty cover any of this?

Help a newbie home owner out guys.

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Old 12-31-2009, 06:52 PM   #2
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Try the blended sulfuric stuff from Roebic. But pour carefully cause that shyt will turn chrome into pewter. Coat the drain with vaseline to protect if needed.

Sounds like a slow draining plug in the main. Could be roots too but, if (you or) your wife has any length of hair it's prolly something you'll deal with often.

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A pipe snake is something every homeowner should own. I am assuming your sink has a garbage disposal. Since that is likely the case, you need to disconnect the trap from the garbage disposal, and then stick the pipe snake in from there.

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Oh Crap. Yeah. Regarding the disposal.


Don't pour the sulfur through that. Lest of course you just want a new disposal. Then video it.

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Roots wouldn't surprise me. Wonder if the warranty would cover that.

Also my wife has quite the mane of hair, but I wouldn't a hair clog would effect the Kitchen sink this much.

So you are saying it's possibly something that the disposal moved down line?

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Doubt the warranty will cover root in the mainline but they'll certainly include in the exclusions if they do.

To me, it sounds like the water has to back up the line to show itself and then slowly drains down. I suppose your disposal could be the culprit too.

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Roots wouldn't surprise me. Wonder if the warranty would cover that.

Also my wife has quite the mane of hair, but I wouldn't a hair clog would effect the Kitchen sink this much.

So you are saying it's possibly something that the disposal moved down line?
I am not a plumber but unless you are having this problem in all sinks, tubs and toilets I doubt it is roots. The kitchen sink pipe meets up with the main long before it goes outside (in a normal house). Sounds like just a problem in the pipe between the sink and where it joins the other pipes in the house.

If it were all sinks/tubs/toilets and you have a septic tank that could be backed up too.
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I can actually run the water down the left sink, effectively bypassing the disposal, and still get the same effect, so I don't believe there is anything in there.

Where does a guy get the sulfur stuff?

Nothing else in the house is giving any issues at all. Just the kitchen sink.

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I'm not a plumber- but I do fix a lot of stuff around the house.
As has been said, and from my experience, it's probably the disposal.
Search the internet for instructions on how to disconnect it.
(It's not that difficult.)
Check it out and the adjacent pipes.
Be prepared... there's a lot of water that stays down there... and it's gonna get gross.

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IWhere does a guy get the sulfur stuff?
Lowes/Home Depot/Ace

Have even seen it in grocer aisle. It's usually in a grey bottle in a bag. Blended Sulfuric.

You prolly have a plugged trap dpending on how your sinks are plumbed. Sometime they get plumbed together to a single trap. Sometimes each sink gets it's own trap.

the trap is the curvy thing that looks like a ? layed over. Most can be taken loose by hand but it's messy.
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