04:20PM | 02/20/06
Member Since: 02/19/06
1 lifetime posts
I helped pour a new shower floor this weekend and the drain we installed had holes that we didn't relized leak into the drain. so when we poured the mortor in the shower pan it leaked into the drain and plugged it up. we got it loose enough to push further down the drain but now it is caught in a 45 angle pipe is there anything we can use to break this up so it will drain without breaking up the floor?


04:46AM | 02/21/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1455 lifetime posts
Ok I had the same situation where a contractor put down a quarry tile floor in a nursing home kitchen and he let the mortar go down a floor drain, three days later they realized they screwed up.

What I ended up doing was using my General super 90 electric snake with a 3/4" cable and spear head.

In this case the shower opening is only 2" thus your limited to the snake (wire) you can use.

I would try to use a 1/2" snake with a solid cutter head (spear) and go very,very,very, slowly in and out so as not to kink the snake.

After you break up the mortar then you can use a large head.

Have a slow steady flow of water to keep the cable cool and this will also flush away any debris as your breaking it up.

A 3/8 wire would be totally useless depending on how much mortar went down the drain

The job I did took 14 HOURS!!!!!!!! but it did save the contractor over $7,000 even after my fee of $3,100+

Good luck



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