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zvegge 12-01-2012 01:23 PM

broken snake tip
 
My washing machine drain was clogged. I rented a snake and snaked it. The tip of the snake broke. It is draining now. Is it BAD to leave the tip in there or do I need to call someone to get it out.

TheEplumber 12-01-2012 01:40 PM

The choice is yours- if retrievable you should remove it. At some point it may give you some issues, then again maybe not. I've seen broken cables left in main lines for extended periods. Eventually they have to come out though

zvegge 12-01-2012 02:03 PM

it was about a 2 inch tip and maybe a couple inches of line, the tip was probably as wide as a dime.

Rav 12-01-2012 04:21 PM

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I don't know how far down it is, or how straight the drain is, but perhaps something like this might help get it out?

www.amazon.com/TEKTON-7597-36-Inch-Claw-Pick-Up/dp/B000NPR3WU

ben's plumbing 12-01-2012 06:26 PM

well we snapped of a 10' section with a 2" cutter head 10yrs ago....still no problem..knock on wood:hammer: ben sr

COLDIRON 12-02-2012 06:53 AM

You never know with these things and it depends on the location and the position of the piece.

Sometimes people get away with it forever and sometimes it cause nothing but problems if paper and waste start collecting on it and it builds up and eventuality clogs.
Good Luck.


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