How to snake drain in the wall?

Discussion in 'Drain Cleaning' started by Bosun, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. Bosun

    Bosun New Member

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    I have a 1924 bath sink drain that is awfully slow. The clog/narrowing is somewhere in the wall. I took the trap off and stuck my Ridgid 'home-owner' snake in the arm. I cant get the snake to make the 90 degree turn at the drain. What is the trick?
  2. patrick88

    patrick88 Plumber

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    The big secret trick is not using a hand powered snake.:D The two choices you have is to call a pro or rent an elec power snake. If you really want to try and drive your self crazy I would put a very small bend on the tip. This will let you take turns, you just kind of get the tip to point into the turn. I would also make sure you have a good cleaning product. Drain cleaning is very messy:D
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    If the elbow or pipe is closed with rust or hardened buildup, you may never get any snake to turn the corner.
  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    If any of that drain pipe is galvanized, it is probably time to replace it.
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