Plumber broke pipe with snake

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  1. Bob from accounting

    Bob from accounting Member

    Mar 5, 2020
    Neighbors had a plumber come by to snake the shower. One of the old pipes broke and leaked over and through the walls causing thousands of dollars of damage. He blames it on old bad pipes, regardless, I am curious if someone can explain how a snake can burst open 2" steel pipes? I have considered buying my own snake to work simple blocks but now I am hesitant. If I need to snake my drain what to be aware of to avoid this happening to me?
  2. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2013
    Rusty steel.
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  4. fitter30

    fitter30 Active Member

    Feb 2, 2020
    Retired service tech
    Peace valley missouri
    Paper thin pipe from years use and caustic cleaners.
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  5. Master Plumber Mark

    Master Plumber Mark Sensitivity trainer and plumber of mens souls

    Feb 6, 2005
    Sensitivity trainer.. and plumber of mens souls
    indianapolis indiana - land of the free, home of
    Copper drain lines are becoming paper thin and wearing out in our area... getting pin holes in them
    the same thing will happen with galvanized pipe too....

    Also Consider that most of these
    drain lines were probably installed before 1966 and galvanized pipe probably much way further back
    and they just begin to corrode over time....

    and that is why you have homeowners insurance
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