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kchopper 06-06-2009 11:57 AM

Sink won't drain
 
Hello everyone. My kitchen sink won't drain properly. If I leave the faucet on for a while it will stop draining. If I do the dishes and let out the water, it will drain for a while then stop. Eventually all the water will drain but it takes a while. I took out the drain pipes and trap and inspected - all looks good with no blockage. While the sink wasn't draining I started to take off the cheater vent under the sink and it started to drain. I replaced the cheater vent last night. Just did the dishes this morning and it still won't drain. Any idea's. Thanks in advance.

Yoyizit 06-06-2009 12:54 PM

For kitchens it's grease; for bathrooms it's hair.
I usually force hot water down the drain for a few minutes, either directly from the water heater bottom drain through a garden hose, or with an adaptor that mates with faucet threads and provides a hose thread.
You can use rags as a gasket between the hose and the pipe.

LookoutRanch 06-07-2009 12:21 AM

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Originally Posted by kchopper (Post 283668)
Hello everyone. My kitchen sink won't drain properly. If I leave the faucet on for a while it will stop draining. If I do the dishes and let out the water, it will drain for a while then stop. Eventually all the water will drain but it takes a while. I took out the drain pipes and trap and inspected - all looks good with no blockage. While the sink wasn't draining I started to take off the cheater vent under the sink and it started to drain. I replaced the cheater vent last night. Just did the dishes this morning and it still won't drain. Any idea's. Thanks in advance.

The fact that it works for awhile and then stops suggests that the clog is a ways down the pipe.

Do you have a cleanout opening outside the house? If so, you may try "snaking" the pipe through the cleanout.

vsheetz 06-07-2009 01:08 AM

Agreed, probably grease. Over time, it's amazing how much percentage of a pipe can be filled with grease...

kchopper 06-07-2009 09:39 AM

Thanks for the replies. I will try and see if I can get into the pipe and snake/clean it out. Thanks again

doody 06-07-2009 09:42 PM

could be grease but take connection of trap off could be something stuck in thereuse a bucket if theres no cleanout not outside problom


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