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Old 07-23-2015, 08:14 PM   #16
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From what I understand the toilet paper that gets backed up in the sewer line becomes like a plaster and sticks to the outer walls of the pipe. When you run a rooter snake down if you don't take your time and let it work it's way down through it will just go right through the clog leaving behind what's stuck to the outer walls of the pipe. Which in return, starts the whole problem over again after the clog begins to build up again. Like I said above they had a camera and I didn't, just a DIY homeowner, but I definitely learned a few things from this situation. For instance, don't ever buy Charmin TP. That stuff is a sewer lines worst nightmare!
Interesting! I saw that you put a 4-1/2" diameter head down it and thought that would be plenty to clear a path, but I guess if the walls are still "sticky" they will grab and clog again. I'll have to try to remember this, though I hope I never need to know.
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:16 PM   #17
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I read this post because our toilets can be slow to drain without much gusto, and I'm wondering if I've got something going on in the main line.



The very first thing I was told to check when we first started having problems was my vent stack on the roof. If that gets debris in it, leaves helicopters, nuts, it will definitely slow down your drain flow.
Thanks. I've heard that too, and understand it's important to keep the vent clear so you don't get a vacuum slowing things down
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