Plumbing 101 – What a clogged kitchen trap looks like and how to unclog it
Plumbing 101 – What a clogged kitchen drain looks like and how to unclog it
How to save anywhere from to 0 fixing a simple choke in the home kitchen sink drain – depending on where you are in the developed world, and depending on which “complex methodology” your plumber is thinking of proposing and using – then billing YOU of course!
The snake / auger didn’t exactly solve the problem here, but it helped. This piece of equipment would definitely help any chokes in downstream piping, especially those that are out of sight.
The previous chokage occurred 1.5 years ago, and the last auger-ing was thought to have fixed it. (Did not remove any debris from the drain at that time, though the clog was “solved”.) So this could be fat / organic waste buildup from that time or even long before.
This video was created because there seems to be a lack of it online.
i.e. what’s goes on INSIDE the drain pipes!
Currently, most videos are the instructional type – telling you what to do, and how to do it. But, you don’t get to see what goes on behind the scenes, and know FOR SURE if your drain is ABSOLUTELY clear of the debris that is causing the back up of water (and waste) all over your kitchen floor!
This vid is about the non-powered version of the drum auger. Or aka hand-operated drain snake. Basically you feed it until it stops, then turn or twist it manually to navigate the pipe or elbow joint.
Alternatively, a power drain snake is an excellent tool for clogged drains, it will easily unclog any buildup of food, grease or soap.
Both types of auger or snake contain a flexible rod with a sharp end.
(Raw sounds available at certain points of the video. Click on the shortcut within it.)
“Lyrics” of this homemade how-to video to the tune of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67:
FIRST LOOK… (and backstory)
This first clip was THE very FIRST time looking into the
choked kitchen floor trap, because the smart carpenters
built the kitchen cabinet right over it without
providing an opening at the compartment
immediately above – just brilliant!
The only way to look in the drain was to “see” with a camera.
My loss, your gain.
The whole drain is dirty with kitchen waste as the
water had backed up several times already and
even created a mini kitchen flood once.
Now lets see how water discharges before
The black stuff around is probably decomposing
But is that REALLY the bottom of the U or P trap?!
The water looks like its seeping through, somehow.
Now lets try more water…
There’s even a vortex!
But the water is going almost nowhere.
Now its time for the drum auger
aka drain snake
or sewer snake or pipe snake
Fed in the auger until it stopped, but…
… water was still backing up!
(Obviously duh… but remember the snake penetrated the hardened layer thru a small hole – which I couldn’t see.)
Next, just blindly feeding the auger.
As I can’t see the video until reviewing
from the camera itself AFTER the fact.
(To hear the sounds made by the auger,
see the other raw video clip.)
If you simply “fix” your clog from the sink above, or feed the auger / snake without looking deeper, you may only be making temporary “holes” in the clog – like here!
Finally the auger hits bottom (not that disgusting
white layer) and causes some slack.
After reviewing the camera, this was
another ‘blind’ attempt to see if more
holes can be poked into the layer.
The result of poking holes in the
layer of “cheese”.
At least the water doesn’t back flow anymore.
Did you see the ‘layer’ move as the water came?!
But even big gushes of water to
flush the crap away was useless.
A different approach
Lock, rotate the auger cable,
unlock, feed more cable,
lock, rotate and
… hot water!
(See other existing youtube videos for how to feed the drain snake.)
That’s all the good ol’ snake can do.
Out it comes… with some of the @#$%!
Last try to melt the sh*t
with scalding hot water…
It melts a little… and moves…
but its never ever going away.
Apparently, nothing beats
getting your HANDS dirty!
After maneuvering my whole arm to see if it
fits under the cabinet
and scooping out literal handsful of 2-inch thick
Finally, a clean drain without most of the decomp!
The END RESULT is a kitchen floor trap
which discharges into the sewers
very quickly (like new)!
Sorry, too disgusted with the debris to get a
pic/video of it – trust me it was gross!!
If your kitchen floods, and you don’t have a cabinet
obstructing above, you could very well try sticking
your hand in, DIG deep into the floating garbage
and skip using the auger altogether.
Hope this video helps. Good luck!!!
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