Drain cleaning using a snake and a high pressure water jet a friend lent to me

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Ian Gills, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    I have booked a local plumbing firm to clean my drains, some of which have become slow.

    What can I expect?

    I have 1950s cast iron pipes with only one clean out on the main stack that is probably stuck solid.

    I have a floor drain they could go through.

    What exactly will they do?

    And will it make any difference?
  2. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Ian if they need to get that stuck cleanout plug out it will only take a second with a hammer and chisel...

    They will examine the symptoms and determine the best way to gain access to the plug and take care of it for you...

    Thats what they are paid to do... How long of a guarantee do they give you? did you ask?
  3. MACPLUMB 777

    MACPLUMB 777 TROJAN WORLDWIDE SALES RP

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    Any good plumber or drain cleaner will know all about how to remove or cut out old frozen

    clean out plugs, or to remove and reinstall any p traps as needed to get access to be

    able to run power snakes though drains to clear out crud buildup sticking to pipes

    and i am glad you are doing this without using harmful drain cleaners

    what you might do is ask for some type of flat price to snake out all the drains at one

    time many company's have such a price that makes it cheaper then a drain by drain price
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    You can expect that they will know HOW to clean the drains properly, although I prefer to clean drains when they are "stopped" not "slow", in most cases.
  5. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    That's the issue HJ. Most of my drains are slow and none are stopped so I am questionning how they will propose to do the work.

    I define a slow drain as one that does not clear a faucet on full.

    British drains do that with ease.
  6. MACPLUMB 777

    MACPLUMB 777 TROJAN WORLDWIDE SALES RP

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    Ian you and i agree !

    Whenever i finish clearing a drain i fill the sink to the top and with the water running

    full out i open the drain and i expect it all to go down in a few seconds that is how

    i test to make sure i did a good complete job !
  7. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    Right, I had my tub, vanity, kitchen and laundry tub snaked. They clear better now.

    But the floor drain outside the basement now backs up when the washer discharges.

    What now?
  8. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Clear that drain also.
  9. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    I am going to buy my own snake after this one is done.
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