09:21AM | 04/13/05
Member Since: 07/31/01
3 lifetime posts
I have 2 up stairs baths which of each have a sink and the sinks are located exactly back to back of each other. One sink drain works perfectly. The other sink drains very slowly after maybe 1 gallon of water goes into it. I removed the trap and pushed a make-shift "snake" in about 2 feet and found no obstructions. What could my problem be, a venting problem? The drain has always been slow since I moved into the house and doesn't ever seem to get worse.


08:56AM | 04/23/05
Member Since: 08/29/04
227 lifetime posts
You really have to use a professional snake and remove the trap completely. From the opening of the back to back sink, you have to bend the end of the professional snake and use a flashlight and point it down into the vertical section of waste pipe. If you don't, you may be going either up the vent, or across into the other sink trap. Once you are sure you are going down the vertical drain branch, you can effectively clear the line. But if you are pouring one gallon of water into the sink before it backs up, then the clog is further than a 2 foot makeshift snake. You can either buy a hand operated snake for about $12.00 or you can rent an electric one for about $9.00 at a rental company.

Good Luck

Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof.


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