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Old 03-30-2015, 02:59 PM   #1
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Toilet and sink both drain slowly


One of my home bathrooms is kinda like the attached pic.

Both drain very slowly, sometimes, the toilet totally clogs up and has to be plungered.

Since both drain slowly, the toilet siphon is probably fine, the problem is further down the pipe, correct?

Should I use a drain snake? Thanks.

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Most likely.
Any access under the floor so you can get to a clean out and use a real snake, not one of those small ones for a sink drain?
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Most likely.
Any access under the floor so you can get to a clean out and use a real snake, not one of those small ones for a sink drain?
Thanks for guiding a newbie. I am considering some snake like this one:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-Kw...1348/203203829

Will that work?
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No, that's the kind Joe is telling you to avoid.

A bit spendy but more like this: http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-K-...4853/100595071

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No, that's the kind Joe is telling you to avoid.
Oh, I had thought that IS a real snake. Will that work for my clogged bath tub though?

And which one should I use for the clogged bathroom? Any recommendations?

Thanks.
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No, that's the kind Joe is telling you to avoid.

A bit spendy but more like this: http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-K-...4853/100595071
So, basically, a powered one. I might as well call a plumber.
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For $30 dollars, give the wanna be snake a chance. If it doesn't work, call the man
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They're nice for small glogs that's about it. No good for the main line.

You can rent the big ones from any big box store. Before you do that, check for a cleanout on the main line somewhere. Or call a plumber as you suggested.

I agree with you, with it effecting both toilets, the clog is further down the line somewhere.

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Thanks for guiding a newbie. I am considering some snake like this one:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-Kw...1348/203203829

Will that work?
That's a 1/4 inch, 25 foot snake for $29.97. If you get a 1/4 inch snake, suggest getting a plain one like this instead for $8.27. If you need to spin it, just use a variable speed drill on the end.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/BrassCraf...1015/100540673

If the 1/4 inch snake is too short, then suggest getting a 3/8 inch, 50 foot snake. Can spin that with a variable speed drill too (I've done many times with my wife on the drill and me shoving the snake down the line. This does require a path for the snake without sharp turns though. You might need helpers holding short lengths of 1/2 inch copper tubing at mid points. Once the clog is identified, tie a string on the snake before pulling it out and cut the snake about 6 feet beyond the string for easier usage next time.)

What ever you do, DON'T snake via your toilet bowl! If you do, you will scratch up your bowl with black marks. Remove the toilet and then snake down the toilet's drain line.

Also suggest buying both 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch snakes. If the 1/4 inch snake works, return the 3/8 inch snake later. If the 1/4 inch snake is too short, you will have the 3/8 inch 50 foot snake on hand while the toilet is removed.

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IMO, 3/8" is even too small for a 3 or 4" line.
Since you haven't run a large machine, I suggest you hire a small plumbing shop or drain cleaner to do the job for you. Or find a friend that can.
Also, request he camera the line afterwards so you know the condition of the pipe's interior.
I don't remember you stating where this bathroom is in relation to the rest of the plumbing, but there is a chance that the issue is outside of the house- such as roots- the machines listed won't be much help there.....
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after you use the plunger does it flush normal and does the sink drain any better....
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In a large pipe a 1/4 snake can tie itself into a nice knot and become very stuck. Do not use the wrong sized equipment.
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running drain cleaning equiptment is an art by it self..and can be very dangerous... if you are unaware of the things that can happen while using the snake you can cause damage to you home... and to yourself... a man got to know his limitations
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Barking up a different tree.

Has the venting of the stack (vertical line into which the respective fixture drain pipes pour) been verified?

The stack extends (should extend) through the roof where it has an open end.
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