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July 13, 2012 9:54 AM Subscribe
How can I get what is apparently a lot of gunk out of my kitchen drain pipe?
posted by Danf to Home & Garden (19 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I have a drain pipe to my kitchen with either runs very slow or not at all. It takes a lot of water to fill it up, and make it back up, but when this happens, it then drains very very slowly.
After trying Liquid Plumber, and then another, stronger sulfuric acid cleaner with no improvement, I called a plumber. They snaked it all the way to the end of that particular line, to no avail. They tried to water-jet it, but apparently the fittings that hold my system together are not amenable to allowing the jet hose to where it needs to go.
They snaked through it one more time, and it opened, some, or at least got back to where it was before they came. Apparently, there is so much crap in there that it just closes up again when the snake is withdrawn.
They said that replacing the pipe is the only remaining alternative, which is expensive, and, with the size of my crawlspace, extremely problematic.
Has anyone ever tried enzyme drain cleaners? If so how did they work? We are sort of nursing this along for the next little while, but my feeling is that there HAS to be something more I can do before new plumbing is in order.