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I continue have a serious problem with the utility sink in my kitchen and I posted a question a while back.

I hired a plumber to fix the problem, for a while. But now the pipe got clogged again.

I am thinking of buying a powerful drain cleaner and deal with the problem myself.

I did some search, and there is a milwaukwee M12 drain snake and ridgid power spin drain cleaner. I like the latter because it can be operated manually or with the help of an electrical drill. And I found a youtube video about it as well.

Having never been a plumber, I really can use some purchase recommendations here. I heard that if not properly used, the tip of the cable could damage the pipe wall. Also, do I need snake oil for maintenance and proper tips that I have to buy separately?

  • Product recommendations are off-topic. You could rephrase it to ask about useful features, and ask a second question about the maintenance. However, there is some underlying reason that your drain keeps clogging, whether it be an incorrect slope of the drain, improper usage of the garbage disposal, pouring grease down the drain, a constricted pipe (bad glue joint?), etc. Fix that, and you won't need the powered snake. – mmathis Feb 12 '18 at 20:42
  • Re phrase "to will this snake fix my problem" and then see @manassehkatz answer I fully agree I have the little drill units to 1hp big drum with different heads. – Ed Beal Feb 13 '18 at 0:06
  • maybe want to fix the title here. "Drain Cleaner" means chemicals to many people I think. – agentp Feb 13 '18 at 1:20
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I have used the Ridgid snake, some similar snakes of other brands, chemicals, CO2 cartridges (after one time when a handyman used them - really amazing when they work!) and at times rented a BIG snake and (for the worst clogs - roots) - hired a handyman or plumber to do the job for me.

I have had every type of sewage backup - hair clogs in the bathtub drain, bathroom sink trap clogs (usually hair, but last one was a bandaid!), kitchen sink pipes (well past the trap, but accessible pipes in the basement below), laundry lint, grease, perler beads (they make quite a strong clog when mixed with lint & grease...) and of course roots. Based on my experience, I would say anything but roots is in the realm of a moderately handy homeowner willing to get his (or her) hands dirty. But the trick is figuring out what type of problem you are having so you can solve it correctly AND to (if possible) prevent it from happening again (e.g., perler bead projects are no longer allowed near the basement floor drain in my house; metal mesh lint trap on washing machine).

The first step is to determine where the problem is - e.g., if the problem only affects the kitchen sink then you know it is between the sink and where the pipes join with the bathroom pipes. Next is to determine what the problem is. If the problem is only the kitchen then is likely grease and/or food scraps - I have learned over the years to minimize what actually goes down the disposal. The Badger 5s are quite powerful, but they can't push food past a real clog, and trying can actually make the clog worse (in my case, the infamous chicken soup clog, but I digress).

If the problem affects kitchen + bathrooms then (a) I doubt the CO2 cartridges will be very effective (but worth a try) and (b) you might need more than the typical cheap 25' manual/power snake both for distance and for power; and then the problem may be roots.

Sorry if this doesn't give a specific definite answer, but basically you need to determine more about what is going wrong before deciding if a 25' snake will likely do the trick. I consider those snakes a good investment - one plumber visit avoided will pay for a snake - but they are definitely not the solution to every clog.

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