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Old 05-03-2007, 09:34 AM   #16
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That is surprising, if they dug in your neighbors front yard, it sounds like it might be you neighbors line - maybe things are different in Canada but here, I would expect a nice fat $1500 bill that work.

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Thanks to all - last night after renting a 100 ft, 3/4" auger w/ cutting heads, I cleared the line. It took at least 3/4 of the snake until I hit the blockage but it was obvious when I did, the motor slowed and the machine struggled for a little bit. Back and forth I went and eventually it pushed through and the water level that had been up to the edge of the cleanout disappeared rapidly. $54 rental, not bad at all.
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Congratulation... and nice to hear problem resolved due to your presistance.... I try snake before and don't have success with it ... now hearing your success story... I will try harder in the future before calling the plumber...
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Old 05-04-2007, 08:22 AM   #19
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K- I really only had success because of the tool I used. The first auger I tried, a friend had lent me. It was a decent size, 50' or so, 1/2" diameter, but no cutting heads. The one I rented was 100', 3/4" w/ multiple cutting heads to choose. I could actually feel this one cutting its way through the obstruction. I was ALMOST going to call someone but I finally got through. Having spoken to my neighbor who told me that the family on the other side of my house had a similar situation a little over a year ago and called a service him to free the line. He told me they spend almost $400 having it done. My $50 rental bill and a couple of hot showers is much more fitting to me. I simply do not have the money to hire things like this out.
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Hey Mr. J187 many thanks for the detailed play by play. I have almost an exact copy of your situation and was debating whether to take the last extra DIY step of the 100' rental with cutting blades vs. punting and calling a plumber. i have the advantage that the clog is one of two main branches so we have a functioning bathroom in the master suite on the far opposite side of the house to get us through. This also tells me that the clog is prior to the final "join" where the two main drain branches come together.

I too had tried all the prior steps you did with smaller snakes.

My sympathies on the early false success...it really does stink when you think you fixed it and then you have to go and clean up another overflow.

I suspect my issue is a son who was using many "flushable" wipes each time you used the bathroom. That doesn't happen any more but those things are tough to decompose and seem to snag at every opportunity.

One question.....I have a house trap (U shaped) in the front yard that looks to be about 40 feet from the garage cleanout access point I need to use to get to this clog. Will the high power 100' snake with cutting blades be flexible enough to navigate that trap or do I need to stop short or something?? Since I know the drain is clear now on the far side of the trap becaise the master bath functions fine, I am thinking i really just need to reach the U-shaped house trap for the project I am on......and then hope the clog is not just pushed past the trap so I now have no bathrooms functioning!!!


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...a heavy duty 100' inch wide plumbing snake.(with a 2" rolling ball on the end.) My BEST luck is to jam it thru the clog if you can,,,then make it flip around and around so the sharp edges are cutting the crap off the line inside. Another trick is to wrap barbed wire around the last 2-3' tight enough it cant come off. Or tied thru the ball... Then flip it around and when you pull it back you generally pull some of the problem with you,,,like tree roots,,,diapers,,,sanitary for females. There can be quite a plug in there. Knew a guy who bought a house once and the drain was slow,,,had it really cleaned out and they had over 10 gallons of Tampaxes etc they pulled out of there. They found out later THIS house 'was' a girls dormitory for a college across the street. So plugs can last in there a LONG time,,,plus grease and soap scum can be major factors!! It may also behove you, since the city is coming out anyway,,,to have them show you aproximate location of their main. Then you KNOW how long of tape to get to the root of the prob,,,at least reach the main!! Another thing you may WANT to know is the depth of the main. and the aprox. type of pipe you have from house to main,,,you havent declared THAT yet...It would be helpful!!

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