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Feb 17, 2013, 11:58 PM
Plumbing puzzle
Our kitchen sink is plugged, maybe by pea soup. Plunging did not help. I took the goose neck off, it's clean. I put 15 feet of auger down the ABS pipe, to no avail. Funny thing is, when I reconnected everything back together and put boiling water in, it only took about 12 cups of water to fill the drain with standing water again. That is not a lot of water. Does that not mean that the block must be fairly close to the sink, and not 15 feet away?
(I opened the clean-out at the basement floor, and it was dry, so the block must be above that.)

Thanks for any suggestions.
Feb 18, 2013, 05:15 AM
no, the plug could be futher down than 15 feet and the small amount of water you put in only fills the pipe for the water that was lost when you took it apart. I suggest getting a 50 ft plumbers snake, its not expensive. it will come with a bent piece of tubing that will help you twist the snake as you go furter down the line. twist in a clockwise direction so that the coil at the end grabs the blockage.

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Feb 19, 2013, 04:36 PM

Thanks very much, nona. A 25 foot unit did it.
May 13, 2013, 11:49 AM
Retro Lou
That's great that you were able to find the clog and get it cleared.