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slakker 08-01-2007 06:23 PM

Suggestions to long horizontal run problem...
I just realized this is the perfect place to ask about ideas for this intermittent problem I've been having. My house is built C 1960, so it's a bit older home with older drainage systems.

The problem I have is that the sink drains into a 2" stack towards the basement, then enters the concrete. At this point, it travels about 50 feet horizontally to the main stack. Every so often, the horizontal run get's clogged and backs up all the way upstairs. As this is vented, I can't plunge at the sink.

I've since added a drain clean out downstairs that when this happens, I stick a 50 feet snake into the horizontal run and that cleans it up.

What I've wondering is if there are any tricks that anyone here knows of that can keep this drain cleared, short of breaking concrete and putting in a 3" line.

The other added issue is that there's a garburator/garbage disposal in the sink, it's 1 hp Insinkerator... maybe it doesn't grind fine enough?

redline 08-01-2007 08:01 PM

Is there any trees in the yard where this line is buried?

slakker 08-02-2007 01:05 AM

Nope... it's all under the basement floor... No big deep rooting trees anywhere close by...

Everytime it clogs, it does seem like it debris from the garburator. I just don't want to accept the only solution is to not use garburator... :no:

Ron The Plumber 08-02-2007 07:34 AM

Clean the line out with cutter blades, to the full size bore of it.

slakker 08-02-2007 07:52 AM

Is a cutter better than using "hydro scrub"... my wife had the Rooter guys come in the first time this happened and they did one of those hydro-scrubs with presurized hot water and their "enzyme" product. I'm been skeptical whether this had any long term benefits...

Ron The Plumber 08-02-2007 07:54 AM

How long ago?

slakker 08-02-2007 07:57 AM

We did first when we moved in about 3 years ago, but it clogged up about six months after. It's happens every 6 to 9 months it seems... and I snake it myself now, but haven't rented a power snake with cutter yet...

MechanicalDVR 08-02-2007 08:35 PM

Water jetting blows a hole through a clog, a spring cutter cleans off the walls of the pipe. Snake the line out with a spring c cutter and make sure you turn water on before the disposal and let it run a bit after, throw a kettle of boiling water down there every other week or so just to keep oils and grease from foods moving. An enzyme cleaned wouldn't hurt to use now and then either.

slakker 08-03-2007 12:45 AM

Thanks... I've been using the enzyme cleaner and have noticed that I haven't had a clog in almost a year... so I'll keep my fingers crossed...

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