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Old 09-16-2010, 03:36 PM   #1
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Rusted (and cut) drain pipe


So I noticed my washing machine was not draining properly over the last few weeks. While trouble shooting the problem, I concluded that the drain pipe was clogged (I will tell you how I ultimately discovered the issue in a moment).

Anyway, the drain pipe is either galvanized steel or cast iron and it is about 1 and 3/4" (give or take). The outside of the pipe looks fine but the inside is full of rust. I tried snaking it to make sure that there was nothing else inside and came up nothing. So I imagine that the rust is the main issue.

So what are my options for cleaning out a clog that is primarily rust? Is there something I can and buy clear it out or should I call a plumber instead? I am hoping I don't have to replace the pipes?

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Old 09-16-2010, 04:10 PM   #2
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Rusted (and cut) drain pipe


If it's galv. there's a good chance that it will have to be replaced, cast iron is iffy.

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