My kitchen sink was clogged, so I used my 7m drum drain auger. I managed to unblock the pipe, but when I tried to remove the auger from it, the snake broke off the drum and fell deep down the drain so I can not get to it.

Should I leave it be since the sink drains well or do you recommend I call a plumber to try to get the snake out of the pipes?

  • There are 50$ 4' inspection cameras that are perfect for figuring out where it is.
    – gbronner
    Commented Nov 30, 2022 at 16:02
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    I'm trying not to suggest using another drain auger to retrieve it... Would the inspection camera count as a drain augur?
    – keshlam
    Commented Nov 30, 2022 at 17:51
  • Is it possible to use another snake to go down and hook the loose end?
    – RetiredATC
    Commented Dec 1, 2022 at 2:35

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The snake in the drain is going to collect stuff and build up another clog over time. So yes, I'd see if I could remove it. You might try taking the trap apart and see if you can access it here. Otherwise, you may need to get a plumber who can retrieve it.

  • The snake is down lower than the trap, looks like it went all the way to the plumbings in the basement.
    – Dom
    Commented Nov 30, 2022 at 2:52
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    If there is a cleanout in the basement, that might be a good place to look. I think it's unlikely it went all the way to the sewer though. So it's going to be an issue sooner or later.
    – jwh20
    Commented Nov 30, 2022 at 2:55

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