12:42PM | 04/27/03
Member Since: 04/26/03
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I have a plugged kitchen sink. I installed a new p-trap & strainer (all corroded & fell apart) I ran plumbers chemical drain cleaner & that didn't do it. Then I ran 25'ft of snake through the main line & it's still plugged.

It's in the basement apartment of a Triplex apt. building(each on top of each other). No problems in the other apt's.

Any ideas



01:55PM | 04/27/03
Member Since: 06/03/01
324 lifetime posts
Does it drain at all or is it just slow? It could be a blocked vent pipe. In that case someone would have to go on the roof and run a 'snake' down the vent pipe. Also, check the overflow drain on the sink. It could be clogged down in the upper drain where it should allow any overflow to drain. This also helps 'vent' the drain so could affect the speed of draining. Let us know any more details. Worst case, could be blocked further down the drain than you have 'snaked'.


02:20PM | 04/27/03
Member Since: 04/26/03
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It just drains for about 5 seconds & then it blocks completely. There is no overflow drain on this sink. I'm not sure about the vent pipe you mentioned. I did run the snake 25'ft with no obstructions. I thought that would be far enough into the sewer.

It's in the basement apt. of a triplex(on top of each other). All the other apt's are working fine.


10:42AM | 07/01/03
Member Since: 02/03/03
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I agree with Ldoyle, if I had to make a guess, I would first look at the roof vents to make sure they are not plugged.

erik peterson

05:00AM | 07/02/03
Member Since: 06/23/03
223 lifetime posts
I would suggest that 25' is not very far into a drain.... Common to assume the cable is going down the drain when it fact you have hit the vent tee and are running the cable upwards into the venting system as opposed to down the drain. Not sure what you mean about "overflow" on this sink? erik
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