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Old 03-14-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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kitchen sink wont drain


I am having a long going issue with my kitchen sink,.
It doesn't drain. I have snaked it, used industrial drain cleaner, and plunged.
sometimes it backs water into the adjoining dishwasher.
If I pour , for instrance a pot of water in it, it gurgles and bubbles so
much it seeme like it will explode.
seems like an airflow problem.
any suggestions as to what I might try?

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Old 03-14-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
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When you snaked it --did you remove the P-trap?

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thank you, I cant say for sure, I had someone do that for me,
should he have ?
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:06 PM   #4
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That is the correct way---without the P-trap it is easier to guide the snake down into the house drain---and not have the snake go up into the air vent pipe----

Plus--so often the blockage is in the P-trap itself--and you can see if it's clear.
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I just texted him and he says he's pretty sure he did
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Before plunging and adding any chemicals, sink uncloging 101 is to remove and check the trap under the sink.
If the trap is clear the snake is inserted in the adaptor where the trap was removed, not down the sink strainer baskit.
Still plugged up then look under the house for a clean out and snake from there.
It's almost never a good idea to use a chemical drain cleaner.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:12 PM   #7
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I tried snaking from the clean out and ran boiling hot water down.
i know the pitch is not that great, and I do recall pulling chunks of hardened stuff out. ( seemed like caked up joint compound)
but It was good for a while after that, then suddenly it seems worse than it was.
as I said, there seems to be an issue with air pressure, from the way it
violently bubbles back into the sink
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Pretty sure??? Was this a friend or a pro?

A pro always pulls the trap---a friend might not know that it should have been done---

Keep the drain cleaner out of your house---it won't work and makes working on the drain very dangerous.
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it was a friend. But He's one of those guys that does everything,
I know.... We've all heard stories, but he's no slacker.
I was wondering if there was such a thing as an airlock in the drain?
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Ps.
be gentle... I am a "newbie" fromwhat i saw.. hahah
I hate to keep on bugging people., so I thought I would reach out and see if there was something I could try myself.
And yes... I feel much better bugging a complete stranger, haha!
But I do appreciate your time.
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Some times a drain with poor pitch will fill almost full with hardened grease and crud (that a technical term)

Snaking can loosen up chunks of crud that break free later on and replug the drain--snake it again--

In a couple of extreme examples,I have actually cut out the troublesome drain and replace it with clean pipe---In one example the pipe was sagged (belly) and was completely filled with hard grease.

Are your pipes plastic or steel?
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If your worried about a bad vent, run the power snake down the the roof vent. But I'd say your friend didn't snake far enough or incorrectly
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Sounds like a plugged drain to me.Your vent is fine.You said some of the stuff looks like joint compound.Do you use powder or liquid dish soap in your dishwasher?
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I was suspecting dishwasher soap.
The pipes are plastic... and I use liquid soap.
But I was wondering since the pitch is gradual, that perhaps the soap might get sludgy, and when it hits the cold temp, would it slow down and coagulate,, DOes that sound possible?
I wondered if anyone has come across this.
I ran the dishwasher this morning,and when it drained, the water backed up into the sink/
I will try resnaking it first.. Thank you all for your input.
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Garbage disposer?

Improper pitch?

Could be several reasons---get it snaked properly and let us know---

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