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Old 09-21-2011, 09:46 PM   #1
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Drain Augers Can't Maneuver My Pipe

This is my first attempt at plumbing, the drain on my shower is 1-1/2" and no amount of industrial clog remover would open it up, so I decided to get a drain auger. I tried the 1/2" yesterday, and it wouldn't get more than 6" in the line before it stopped, so I got a 1/4" hand drum today, and it gets past that turn, continues for about a foot or so, then gets stopped there, about a foot and a half in total. I've tried everything to get it past that turn but it just won't go, on top of that it got stuck a few times just trying to get it out and it's slightly kinked now. It seems to me that 1/4" is about as small as it gets, so now I'm wondering, do I have a clog or is there something wrong with my lines? It drains, but very very slowly, and there's always standing water about half an inch down from the drain cover. I'm renting the back of this house, so I can't do much investigation but I'm not aware of any leaks or other stoppages, although I'm sure the piping is pretty old. Any suggestions would be most welcome.


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Old 09-22-2011, 08:39 AM   #2
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Why not call the landlord to have it fixed? It is not your property and if you damage something you'll be responsible wouldn't you?
How old is the bathroom? May have a drum trap? Access from below possible?


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If the house is pretty old, the plumbing is probably galvanized pipe. That is very prone to plugging and flow restriction from corrosion, and is no longer used. You should talk to your landlord - the only viable solution is to replace it.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:23 AM   #4
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You're not going to get a 1/2" cable through a 1-1/2 p-trap for sure.

1/4" is way too small, they just tend to fold up on themselves if you're having trouble.

I like to use a 3/8 cable with one of these heads on it


I find this is the best one for navigating 1-1/2" galvanized piping and durham fittings.
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