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2 cheap 2 call plumber
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Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
Our daughter was taking a bath and a small facecloth went down the drain and now it's stuck.

I was wondering if anyone knew the best chemical to eat away at the cloth material? I'm currently using detergent bleach.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
If you dont know, call a plumber...
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
Hint: You do not need chemicals.
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
DAMN you must have a huge drain!!

I haven't ever had luck using bleach to eat away at clogs.

If you have some hemostats(you can get them with first aid stuff) sometimes they're long enough to reach into the drain...
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
oh geeze! You don't want to dump chemicals down there! It WON'T eat away the cloth anytime soon.

What you want to do is get a wire hanger and straighten it out. Keep the hook end as a hook. Try to fish the wash cloth out of the drain. Shouldn't be that hard.
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
get a plumbing "snake".

here's some sites that may help
[link to www.thisoldhouse.com]
[link to www.care2.com]
[link to www.lowes.com]
[link to www.doityourself.com]

Our daughter was taking a bath and a small facecloth went down the drain and now it's stuck.

I was wondering if anyone knew the best chemical to eat away at the cloth material? I'm currently using detergent bleach.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
Go to a place like Home Depot. You can buy a this attachment you put on the end of a water hose. You put it down the drain and turn the water on. The rubber bulb blows up and seals around the drain so no water can blow back out the drain. Then the water comes out of the hose auntil the pressure builds up at the blockage and blows the blockage down the drain. When you turn the water off the rubber bulb slowly deflates and you can pull the hose out of the drain.
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
it is more than likely stuck in the trap on the tub drain.. take a wire hanger and straighten it out and on one end bend it at a 90% about a half inch( to snag wash cloth) and work it slowly down the drain .


I have a plumbing snake just for this problem as tenants are always losing wash cloths , razors , bottle caps down the drains.. If the trap is one that you can take apart you should be able to remove the wash cloth easily by hand.


A trap is U shaped and some are made to come apart and are held on by 2 lock nuts .
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
Go to a place like Home Depot. You can buy a this attachment you put on the end of a water hose. You put it down the drain and turn the water on. The rubber bulb blows up and seals around the drain so no water can blow back out the drain. Then the water comes out of the hose auntil the pressure builds up at the blockage and blows the blockage down the drain. When you turn the water off the rubber bulb slowly deflates and you can pull the hose out of the drain.
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That may lodge the washcloth further down the drain.. seen it done..
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
That may lodge the washcloth further down the drain.. seen it done..
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The pipes get bigger down the line. If the washcloth blows out the smaller pipe then it certainly will flow down the bigger pipes. Anyway his only other alternative is to but a "snake" and run it down the drain and hope it got stuck fairly close to the entrance so he can snag it and pull it out.

All chemicals will do is eat his pipes away if they are metal
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
it is more than likely stuck in the trap on the tub drain.. take a wire hanger and straighten it out and on one end bend it at a 90% about a half inch( to snag wash cloth) and work it slowly down the drain .


I have a plumbing snake just for this problem as tenants are always losing wash cloths , razors , bottle caps down the drains.. If the trap is one that you can take apart you should be able to remove the wash cloth easily by hand.


A trap is U shaped and some are made to come apart and are held on by 2 lock nuts .
 Quoting: Nailer45


This is the best advice, though tub drains can be a bitch to get to, get apart AND back together so they don't leak.

Try to REMOVE the object if you can as suggested with a hanger or snake, pushing it down further or god forbid attempting to use chemicals to dissolve a cotten wash cloth is an incredibly bad idea.
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
That may lodge the washcloth further down the drain.. seen it done..

The pipes get bigger down the line. If the washcloth blows out the smaller pipe then it certainly will flow down the bigger pipes. Anyway his only other alternative is to but a "snake" and run it down the drain and hope it got stuck fairly close to the entrance so he can snag it and pull it out.

All chemicals will do is eat his pipes away if they are metal
 Quoting: Rota



I have seen the 1 1/2 pipe run for 10-20 ft before dropping into a 3 or 4 inch main drain line.. I have been dealing with this stuff for over 20 yrs..

The worst thing I found stopping up a drain was a baby kitten someone tried to flush down a toilet..

I have found sex toys, childrens toys, towels, grease, chicken bones, tampons, condoms.. much much more stuff will stop up a drain..
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
I have seen the 1 1/2 pipe run for 10-20 ft before dropping into a 3 or 4 inch main drain line.. I have been dealing with this stuff for over 20 yrs..

The worst thing I found stopping up a drain was a baby kitten someone tried to flush down a toilet..

I have found sex toys, childrens toys, towels, grease, chicken bones, tampons, condoms.. much much more stuff will stop up a drain..
 Quoting: Nailer45


Ouch! Maybe why plumbers get $150 to show up and $50@hr.
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
I have seen the 1 1/2 pipe run for 10-20 ft before dropping into a 3 or 4 inch main drain line.. I have been dealing with this stuff for over 20 yrs..

The worst thing I found stopping up a drain was a baby kitten someone tried to flush down a toilet..

I have found sex toys, childrens toys, towels, grease, chicken bones, tampons, condoms.. much much more stuff will stop up a drain..
 Quoting: Nailer45


Ouch! Maybe why plumbers get $150 to show up and $50@hr.
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05/05/2008 03:16 PM
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
Good advice on the coat hanger except I would first try to pull the wash cloth back out before pushing it further in. As someone else noted, it could be a long run of small pipe and the wash cloth would just clog it up further down the line.

If there is an access panel/door on the plumbing wall of your tub, you can open it up and undo the p-trap to remove the wash rag.

If there is no access panel and the wall is sheetrock, you can take a utility knife and cut a hole through for access. You can buy a pre-made, snap-in access panel at HD or Lowes or similar that is about 15" square. Make sure to get this first or at least verify the measurements before you cut the hole in the sheetrock.

Guy is right about it being tricky to get at tub plumbing and then make sure everything is tight. Just leave the access panel open, put a little water in the tub and check for leaks.
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
I had an old house and stuck a coat hanger down to get something out. When the coat hanger got to the trap it didn;t have enough fexability to make the turn. I kept pushing it and the pipes were old and the coat hanger went right through the pipe making a big hole. I had to replace the trap.
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
I had an old house and stuck a coat hanger down to get something out. When the coat hanger got to the trap it didn;t have enough fexability to make the turn. I kept pushing it and the pipes were old and the coat hanger went right through the pipe making a big hole. I had to replace the trap.
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Heh, shit happens! (pun intended)

Welcome to 'this old house', hey?
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
Our daughter was taking a bath and a small facecloth went down the drain and now it's stuck.

I was wondering if anyone knew the best chemical to eat away at the cloth material? I'm currently using detergent bleach.

Any suggestions?
 Quoting: 2 cheap 2 call plumber 426855

Get a wire hanger and unravel it.

Cut the hook end and the end tightly twisted off

Take your pliers(preferably needle nosed) and bend a tight 180 degree hook approx 1/4-1/3rd inch long in the end of the hanger and straighten rest of the wire

slide wire into drain and feed down the line. When you feel resistance, give a quick 1" shove and then attempt to snag the cloth.

Works like a charm
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
I just have to say - we had a baby washcloth down our tub drain, and after snaking for HOURS - i broke down and spent $25 on a co2 drain opener - it is THE BOMB! one blast would have done it, but the duct tape they recommend for sealing the overflow is not adequate - i stuffed a washcloth into the overflow and screwed the cap back on to secure it - used 2 discs in the blaster and one blow pushed the washcloth out to the cleanout. save yourself hours of grief and try this if the cloth has gone beyond the trap - i have an old victorian, with an "S" trap, a 45 and about 1 ft to another 45 to a 15 ft. straightaway to the main cleanout/sewage drain - if you have less curvature in your pipes and less distance, you should only use 1 disc.
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
That may lodge the washcloth further down the drain.. seen it done..

The pipes get bigger down the line. If the washcloth blows out the smaller pipe then it certainly will flow down the bigger pipes. Anyway his only other alternative is to but a "snake" and run it down the drain and hope it got stuck fairly close to the entrance so he can snag it and pull it out.

All chemicals will do is eat his pipes away if they are metal



I have seen the 1 1/2 pipe run for 10-20 ft before dropping into a 3 or 4 inch main drain line.. I have been dealing with this stuff for over 20 yrs..

The worst thing I found stopping up a drain was a baby kitten someone tried to flush down a toilet..

I have found sex toys, childrens toys, towels, grease, chicken bones, tampons, condoms.. much much more stuff will stop up a drain..
 Quoting: Nailer45

The customers would find themselves being stuffed down the drain if I found that OMFG
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I just have to say - we had a baby washcloth down our tub drain, and after snaking for HOURS - i broke down and spent $25 on a co2 drain opener - it is THE BOMB! one blast would have done it, but the duct tape they recommend for sealing the overflow is not adequate - i stuffed a washcloth into the overflow and screwed the cap back on to secure it - used 2 discs in the blaster and one blow pushed the washcloth out to the cleanout. save yourself hours of grief and try this if the cloth has gone beyond the trap - i have an old victorian, with an "S" trap, a 45 and about 1 ft to another 45 to a 15 ft. straightaway to the main cleanout/sewage drain - if you have less curvature in your pipes and less distance, you should only use 1 disc.
 Quoting: Leah In PA 878518

Well thanks but umm im pretty sure they got it out since 2008 cruise
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
suck it back out with a wet dry vac
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
Get hanger bend it right and dig it out.
Don't do this Naked.
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
Dry it and pour moths down the drain. They'll eat it.
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
Our daughter was taking a bath and a small facecloth went down the drain and now it's stuck.

I was wondering if anyone knew the best chemical to eat away at the cloth material? I'm currently using detergent bleach.

Any suggestions?
 Quoting: 2 cheap 2 call plumber 426855


Oh boy, let help you double digit. Any chemical that could eat up cloth would probably damage your pipes, costing you a lot more than a $100 plumber to come out and snake your drain.

You can rent a snake at Home Depot and try it yourself if you like. Or try a coat hanger.
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
suck it back out with a wet dry vac
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Must be an engineer.

Find a hose that will fit down into the drain and tape it to the shop vac so that the suction pulls through the hose, then drop the hose down into the hole. The wash cloth will stick to the hose and you can pull it right out.

I give this poster a 10 for his creative solution and sharp mind.
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
The hanger is a good super cheap idea. Here are some cheap variations that you might try if that fails.

1) Get a flexible gun cleaning rod, attach a wire bore brush. These things grab a little more material than the hooked end of a coat hanger.

2) Go to the auto part store and buy a little "dropped tool grabber thingy". It's a 2-3 ft. flexible metal line that has a grappling claw on one end, and a springed button on the other end. As your push and release the button, the claw opens or closes, thereby grabbing the tool, nut or screw that is inaccessible. Same idea should work on your wash cloth.

Both of these should be $10 or under.
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I just have to say - we had a baby washcloth down our tub drain, and after snaking for HOURS - i broke down and spent $25 on a co2 drain opener - it is THE BOMB! one blast would have done it, but the duct tape they recommend for sealing the overflow is not adequate - i stuffed a washcloth into the overflow and screwed the cap back on to secure it - used 2 discs in the blaster and one blow pushed the washcloth out to the cleanout. save yourself hours of grief and try this if the cloth has gone beyond the trap - i have an old victorian, with an "S" trap, a 45 and about 1 ft to another 45 to a 15 ft. straightaway to the main cleanout/sewage drain - if you have less curvature in your pipes and less distance, you should only use 1 disc.

Well thanks but umm im pretty sure they got it out since 2008 cruise
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Guess you got us all smart ass
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
I have seen the 1 1/2 pipe run for 10-20 ft before dropping into a 3 or 4 inch main drain line.. I have been dealing with this stuff for over 20 yrs..

The worst thing I found stopping up a drain was a baby kitten someone tried to flush down a toilet..

I have found sex toys, childrens toys, towels, grease, chicken bones, tampons, condoms.. much much more stuff will stop up a drain..


Ouch! Maybe why plumbers get $150 to show up and $50@hr.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 422790


LOL!

I work for a plumber (office) - the guys pull all sorts of amazing things out of lines. No kittens but we do have frog problems here.

DON'T put anymore chemicals down the drain or you'll end up paying a plumber to cometely replace your pipes.
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
My husband is maintainance supervisor for an apartment complex and he was using the 'snake' in one apartment. He said the darn thing kept going and going and going...

The end of the 'snake' came out of the toilet in the next apartment, while a guy was relaxing and watching tv. When he saw the weird, spiral thing coming out of his bathroom, he jumped clean off his couch and ran. He thought it was an alien coming out of his bathroom, lol. They had a good laugh over it.
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Re: Plumbing problem - drain stopped up...
My husband is maintainance supervisor for an apartment complex and he was using the 'snake' in one apartment. He said the darn thing kept going and going and going...

The end of the 'snake' came out of the toilet in the next apartment, while a guy was relaxing and watching tv. When he saw the weird, spiral thing coming out of his bathroom, he jumped clean off his couch and ran. He thought it was an alien coming out of his bathroom, lol. They had a good laugh over it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 859394



I just told your story to my boss - he's still laughing!

Say, we want to know - was the guy watching a science fiction movie when it happened?!


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