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Old 04-10-2012, 12:43 AM   #1
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Hopefully someone can help me. I have a clogged bathroom sink. No clogs anywhere else in the house, everything else runs fine - toilet, shower, kitchen, basement washer and tub are all draining clearly. I took off the trap which is not clogged, and when I feed a snake through the piping in the wall under the bathroom sink, I can hear it clanging in the wall, which I'm assuming means it's going up into the air stack instead of down into the water pipe. Everytime I try it I hear the clanging; how can I insert the snake/auger into the pipe and have it go down into the drain instead of up inro the air stack? Any help would be appreciated, I don't have the money for a plumber to take advantage of me. I also don't want my little girl to go into the bathroom with all the black sludge that I keep throwing around as the auger comes back out. Really sincerely appreciate any help, it seems like it should be more simple than it has been going, just can't get the auger to go into the water pipe instead of going up into the air pipe.

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...when I feed a snake through the piping in the wall under the bathroom sink, I can hear it clanging in the wall, which I'm assuming means it's going up into the air stack instead of down into the water pipe.
Not likely.
If this were truly so then you should open the wall to change the pipe fittings that will lead downward with the flow.

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Everytime I try it I hear the clanging...
How frequently do you need to snake this drain?
And how old is this house?

This is the larger symptom to be concerned about and leads me back to thinking you don't have correct fittings in the wall: it may be an old galvanized simple Tee fitting rather than a sanitary tee.

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I don't have the money for a plumber to take advantage of me.

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Try rotating the auger the opposite way to which you are now doing it and see if it might go down instead of up.
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Give this a try.many good things said about it and its ability to clean out the most stubborn drains.
http://www.homedepot.com/buy/cleanin...ner-62202.html
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Give this a try.many good things said about it and its ability to clean out the most stubborn drains.
http://www.homedepot.com/buy/cleanin...ner-62202.html
I was having Thanksgiving dinner at a buddies' house when the sink clogged. He brought out something similar to that CO2 blaster and said "this is the best!"

He also said: "For some reason they don't sell them anymore." (apparently they do overseas http://www.ageesales.com.au/Kyna%20Colt.htm )

He shot the kitchen drain with it and voila, it began to drain ... all over our feet! He had blown apart the plastic trap.

We had a sink full of T-Day dishes and no stores open till the next day.

So use those CO2 blasters with caution.
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Hi, all! Just wanted to come back on and say thank you, the snaking worked this time and i'm obstruction-free! Thank you to all for such good and quick responses!
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Tiger,
Glad to hear all is well! What did you do to get the snake to go the right way?
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Not likely.
If this were truly so then you should open the wall to change the pipe fittings that will lead downward with the flow.

This actually used to happen to me quite often when snaking 1-1/2" galvanized drains that have a 12" nipple sticking out of the wall. By the time you make it to the sanitary tee in the wall, the snake just binds up and goes skyward. Finally talked the man into buying some drop heads, and that seemed to solve the problem.
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What is a drop head?
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