Stubborn Bathroom Sink Clog -- Power Jetting company or Plumber?

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  1. Debra Dolcino

    Debra Dolcino New Member

    Apr 13, 2013
    We have a totally clogged bathroom sink drain. Strange because it wasn't that slow and suddenly basin fills completely up. Yet not much can slip down the sink since it has that stopper thing on it.

    Tub drain has been slow for years, but drains. Toilet overflows from too much tissue now and then. All other drains in the house work great. We are on a septic which we clean regularly.

    We tried a plunger, a plastic zip cleaner, drain cleaner about 5x, then finally my husband took the whole trap apart under the sink however there's nothing in there so apparently the clog is in the interior pipe, not the U pipe.
    He bought a manual wind up snake and tried and tried to get down deep into the pipe to clean it out, but it hasn't helped.

    He's not too much of a handy man so we're thinking of hiring someone. He saw a place in the pennysaver called Electric Snake Sewer and Drain Service who uses a high pressure sewer jet and camera inspection system.
    They quoted $175 for the bathroom sink drain. (DH forgot to ask about the tub and toilet) I feel they will give us a discount on additional drains, dh says probably won't.

    Should we use ElectricSnake company or a regular plumber? ... or try something else ourselves?

    Our other option would to be to call a plumber. My thoughts are that maybe the drain service specializes in drains? and may be better than the plumber... but I don't like the fact that they said that they are not plumbers
    but the guy will "probably put the trap back on for us."

    The house was built around 1973-75, the pipe is a silver color metal.

    Which do you think is the better option and why.

    Thank you
  2. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

    Jan 5, 2008
    Test, Don't Guess!
    Land of Cheese
    I don't have any way to tell if the drain cleaning company is reputable or not, that is what businesses like the Better Business Bureau and Angie's List does.

    A jetter system is for cleaning the main building drain, which is usually a 4" pipe going from the house to the municipal sewer connection which is often out under the street. They are not going to use a jetter on your clogged sink drain, as it is only 1-1/2 or 2" pipe. They will use a snake or portable rodding machine, and their experience will determine whether they will be able to clear the lines or not.

    These days any company that will come and do what they say they will do for less that $200 are offering a bargain.
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    MASTERPLUMB777 In the Trades

    Aug 6, 2007
    Retired Master Plumber
    Under the sink pull apart the stopper linkage so you can pull the stopper up and out where you will find a big ball of hair after cleaning
    reinstall stopper and linkage back to operating condition
    and then and only then you might need some one to run a power snake though the drain
  5. Sylvan

    Sylvan Still learning

    Sep 23, 2004
    plumbing - fire suppression - boiler inspector
    New York

    Not true sorry to say

    Jetting is great for soft stoppages such as grease or silt and they are ideal for kitchen lines or laundry sinks using an electric jetter with a flow rate of 1.5 -2 GPM 1250 - 1500 PSI and this is why we have 1/8" diameter hoses available

    In the case of a kitchen sink we snake the line to establishment flow then use a water jetter with a decent wet dry next to the drain in case of a back up or overflow

    Many times in residential and commercial applications we use the electric jetters indoors to remove soap scum , lint

    The problem with grease is if someone uses a cable (snake) it may bore a small hole but leaves lots of residue behind

    Jetting scours the lines to restore full flow as originally intended

    I Certainly would not use a 1/8 Jetter hose on a 4" line even if it is rated to 4000 PSI as it cannot have enough volume to allow the debris to flow down stream properly

    For a bathtub or basin stoppage a snake is the best way to go as normally the sluggish fixture drain is caused by hair

    There is also the General ram jet that works wonders on fixture stoppages just use caution when using it

    The price they quoted is fair as I charge 4 times more as I just do not water Jet or snake

    Think of the jetter as a finishing application to clean the pipes internally
    MASTERPLUMB777 likes this.
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