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Old 08-17-2011, 05:06 AM   #1
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Double Kitchen Sink Clog -Standing Water with Liquid Plumber in it!


Hello! I am new to this site and new to kitchen sink clogs. I live in a second floor apartment. (There is no one above us but two apartments below us.) The other day, I noticed that my kitchen sink was draining out very slowly. I used Liquid Plumber and Draino..And nothing.

I went to HD and bought a manual snake. I pulled apart the pipes underneath and started to pull out a lot of junk. I thought I broke apart through most of it and ran some hot water. But now the water doesn't go anywhere. I cleared out the standing water, dismantled the pipes again, and tried snaking it again. I think there is a clog way down into the pipe. I believe I put about 5' to 7' of the snake in there and it just got stuck. I could not get it through at all. Still not sure if it's a clog or another trap.

So, to no avail, and this was probably a bad decision in retrospect, I bought some more liquid plumber and put it in the standing water...Which is now in my sink. I let it sit over night, and nothing. There is still a half inch of water/liquid plumber mix in my sink. Now I have no idea what to do! Help!


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Old 08-17-2011, 06:08 AM   #2
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Now is the time to get a plumber --call you landlord the problem is his.

Do the plumber a favor and drain the caustic liquid out of the sink.

And warn the landlord and the plumber so neither one is injured.---Good luck---Mike---

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Guess I'll call the landlord today! Now for a follow up question; what would be the safest way to remove the liquid plumber mix? Just scoop it out?

Thanks for the advice.
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Remove the P-trap again---Be careful with your eyes.

That stuff seldom works----which you learned on this project.
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Eye protection and rubber gloves!!!!!!!
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Mike - Yes, I have learned a lot during this whole process! I'll be returning the unused bottles of Draino that I bought as a back up.
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I have tried all types of "drano, liquid plummer....etc" none of them have worked very well. And with all the health issues that can arise with some of them, it's scary.

I have found a "green alternative" that works quite well.
1/2 cup of baking soda (try to get as much of this into you drain as possible - dry)
Then pour 1 cup of white vinegar down the drain.
You will get the volcano effect, but nothing severe.
Let this sit for about 30 mins.
Once the time is up pour about 1-2 gallons of boiling water down the drain.
(slowly, not all at once)

This normally does the trick the first time, but for really bad clogs, you may have to repeat it a second time.

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