Clogged kitchen sink drain------grease on snake

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  1. Jan 3, 2019 #1

    shooteneq1

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    Wondering if I can get some general advice here. I have a kitchen sink that is draining slowly. I have snaked it a couple times with a small snake and i am getting a fair amount of grease on the end of the snake. It is the only drain in the house that drains slow so I am assuming it has a decent build up on grease in the pipes and its kinda beyond the scope of what i can do at this point. I am going to just hire a plumber to come clean it out. So my question is what should I be looking for as far as them cleaning it, would a large snake and the drill they use suffice or should I have the hydrojet thing done to it? I dont really have any trees at all around my house so i dont think i have roots in the line or anything of that nature, pretty sure at this point it is just years of grease build up from my wife and the previous owners dumping junk in it. Also around how much should I expect to pay so I don't have any ripping me off, I have no problem paying a fair bill but I am not looking at getting ripped off either. Thanks for any help.
     
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    also of note is I have pvc pipe connecting the sink to the rest of the plumbing which is galvanized, not sure how much that matters but is possibly needed info.
     
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    Grease can be a pain, you can go through the clog and it closes right back up. Depends on the person you hire. We charge 165.00 for the first 2 hours. If you have a house that is suitable for someone to run from the vent. That is the best option, as head pressure will help force the line open. But there are some fancy tools out nowadays (which one of our guys bought himself and uses). Which would open the line up quickly due to the cable itself.
     
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    Just depends on the area. I would charge $120 for 1st hour and $80 an hour after that. Some people in my area charge a decent amount more than that. It can just be cabled out with a cable machine. I personally wouldn't hire anyone who is going to use a snake on the end of a drill for a kitchen sink drain. It may get the line open, but not cleaned very well. Good luck.
     
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    I recommend taking apart the P-trap and seeing if the grease is trapped in it. If that is where the grease is, you can clean it out. Take apart all of the slip joint parts and scrub thoroughly. If the grease hasn't gone further, it might fix the problem.
    In the future, it is best to wipe grease out with a paper towel and throw it in the trash instead of dumping it down the sink.
     
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    P trap is all clean, I removed all the plumbing to the wall before I snaked it myself, I have a thin snake to attach to a drill that gets ordinary things but when I pull it out its got grease on it and within a couple days the drain starts backing up again. As far as stopping grease getting in there in the first place, i cant tell you how often i ***** at my wife and daughter to do exactly that and clean greasy things off with a paper towel before putting in the sink but they don't listen, 14yo dont listen very well in general. I think perhaps though if I make her pay part of this bill she will start to understand.
     
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    Everything is pretty accessible and I even have a ladder setup to get to the roof next to the vent already due to removing Christmas lights. Should be an easy quick job for whoever does it as long as they have the proper tools. I just didn't want to get raked over the coals and wanted to know approximate pricing for it.
     
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    Mini jetter from sink up to 40 feet, 179.00 one year warranty.
     
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    The problem with kitchen sink drains is the grease

    you punch a cable thru a grease packed line then when you pull back the grease closes the damn hole up

    to get rid of grease see if anyone in your area jets out drains

    I am not recommending this ..but...
    cap off the pipe where the p trap is
    hook up a hose to the hot water faucet at the clothes washer
    shove the hose down the vent to the clog and turn on the hot water
    it takes 2 people. one the roof and the other turning the water on and off as needed
     
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    shooteneq1, I hear you on people not listening about the grease. My brother dumps grease, chunks of food, bones, paper towels, & other things that should not go down the drain in the sink.

    Hopefully you can get the grease cleared out though.
     
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    No longer applicable!
     
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    Those are good prices. Average price in Colorado, your looking at $425.00 roughly. Unless you get a 1-2 man show. That is for mini jetting only
     

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