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Get two bladder-style drain cleaners. Insert one down each sink. Turn them both on simultaneously and they'll inflate until they block up the sinks, at which point they'll fill the plumbing in between the two and use pressure to push the blockage down the only remaining path. If this drain proves to be problematic in the long-term, then you'll have to ...
you could reverse the suction by attaching a vacuum cleaner on the port while the system is shut off and see if that loosens the clog
The most obvious choice is to modify the plumbing at the point indicated below to allow for a cleanout plug to be added. The fitting shown would be replaced with one that looks like this: In such installation the straight through part of the Wye Tee fitting is closed off with a plug which is easily removed to insert a cleanout snake. Adjusting the ...
I'd suggest the following (apologies for the crude drawing). From left-to-right: extend pipe out past the black pipe attach yellow clean-out elbow (not 90 degree!...use a sweep (yellow)) this will be angled down aiming towards the run along the other wall connect the sweep to the other pipe using two 45 degree elbows (purple) Sweep with cleanout: ...
Glued up PVC pipe should not be any sort of detriment to getting inside to remove a clog. Just cut open a section, clean and then install new fittings to rejoin the line. While you are at it replace some of those horrible 90 degree elbows with a better type of couplings that will not clog so easily as a bunch of these sharp turn elbows. Also take the time to ...
I was afraid of doing this the first time; but after a plumber let me assist him I saw it was pretty basic. When you want to clear a drain pipe you want to consider the diameter of the pipe and the material of the pipe. The size of the pipe will determine what size bits you want to use. Bits come in a variety of sizes and shapes to handle different size ...
Using warm (should be very hot water) to break up plumbing blockages. Works for minor issues. You would simply dump hot water into the drain (or toilet) and let the heated water try to affect the material blocking the pipe.
You are lucky there is a vertical pipe. The teapot lid is often at the bottom of the chamber, so it needs to be pumped out for access. As you suspect, this should enable cleaning out the main house trap. The pipe with the flap that is under water is to access the pipe beyond the trap. Either the pipe beyond or the trap can be the cause of the blockage. ...
It sounds like calcium build up to me, are you sure it's not mineral? Is your water hard? When I have replaced the PVC pipes in my sink, I occasionally see exactly what you describe, but in my case it is because of our hard water.
I am assuming Chinese plumbing works the same as most other. In such case, the only place in common to the sink, shower, and toilet is somewhere past the last one. You might check with neighbors to see if they are having any problem. If they started having trouble when you did, the block is downstream of them too, in which case a longer auger is called ...
Those symptoms indicate that the blockage is likely beyond the trap that's built into the toilet bowl. It may be where the toilet meets the floor near the wax seal, or it may be even further down the line. If a plunger isn't dislodging the blockage (remember the goal is to suck up, not push down with the plunger), then you can get an auger that's specially ...
You need to use a pair of long nose pliers like this: There is also a good bet that an ordinary pair of pliers would do the trick as well:
I would use a toilet snake as @Wayfaring Stranger suggested. The home depot treatment you looked at is not a drain cleaner but a septic treatment. You might try warm water. When the water is low in the bowl (as in after plunging), slowly add a large pot of warm water to the bowl. Use warm water from the faucet not boiling water. Boiling water may crack the ...
The answer given by @personal-privacy-advocate is fairly sound advice however I would add the following: "the above almost never works to get rid of a blockage" referring to drain cables/augers/snakes. This may be true for laypersons. Using these tools properly (without damaging the tool) and effectively (they nearly always work when wielded properly) ...
Assuming this is a newly manifested problem in and otherwise regularly functional drain system, there are 2 things to do first: Insert your snake into the plumbing system through the shower drain, not the tub (you will have less chance of coiling it up on itself) and measure how far it goes before it hits the hard stop. In case you don't understand, you ...
happened to me yesterday with a mason jar lid. I filled the other sink and quickly let the water out. The pressure dislodged the obstruction.
Fill void with water and use a toilet plunger. Failing that, you're going to need to drill it and insert a screw.
This is really a comment but too long - I am not sure of your exact situation but normally if something like this happens you call your real estate agent, police, and bank. You need to file a police report, your real estate agent needs to get a hold of seller's agent (who is ultimately responsible in most states), and you need to talk to bank about ...
You have a blockage that is in the main pipe downstream of where toilet and the bathroom drain collect, so it is backing up both of them. Since the chemicals are not doing it, it looks like it has to be augered.
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