running out of ideas, kitchen sink clog

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  1. Dec 9, 2013 #1

    jdrain

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    I have a 1 basin kitchen sink that's clogged.

    hooked to a dishwasher.

    I had the main line cleaned by roto rooter about 3 months ago.

    All other drains work properly and flush...no backup at basement floor drain....all is well.

    if i run water, it starts to fill up the disposal and overflow back into the sink after running the water for about 15-20 seconds.

    p-trap is clean and it seems the garbage disposal is clean.

    I have removed all pvc from p-trap, and past p-trap to where the pvc runs into the wall to the main drain.

    this is where the clog seems to be as i ran draino into this line and it backed up.

    ran a 15 ft snake all the way into the pipe several times. It did not feel like there were any obstructions

    WHen i remove it , there is no debris on the end but a little black sludge.

    What could be causing this blockage?

    Am I missing something?

    curious....if I can get a snake 15ft into the pipe, why can i turn the water on and have it overflowing in 15 seconds? Seems like it would need to take longer to backup if there's a minimum of 15 feet of pipe to fill first.

    Could the dishwasher have something to do with this?

    I haven't ran it as I'm worried of overflow and backup.

    I saw this clogbuster gadget at ace hardware, is that a good tool to try?

    any of help is greatly appreciated.

    thanks
     
  2. Dec 9, 2013 #2

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    You need to cal Roto Rooter back, and tell them you again have a clog in the main line. I know they offer a warranty on all their work, but don't know for how long. And please let them know you used Drano.
     
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    if there was a clog in the main line, would i not get backups anytime i used other drains or flushed the toilets?
     
  4. Dec 9, 2013 #4

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    The branch drain line to the kitchen sink needs to be snaked.
     
  5. Dec 9, 2013 #5

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    hey Phishfood,

    to clarify, is the branch drain line the drain line i'm snaking?

    past the kitchen sink p-trap that heads to the main line in the basement?

    just want to make sure.

    I'd rather tackle this myself and not bring roto rooter back as they made a complete mess of my house when they were here.

    they tracked debris all over the place
     
  6. Dec 10, 2013 #6

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    Yes, that is the kitchen branch line.

    To do a proper snaking job, you will need a power snake with the proper sized cable, a couple of different sized heads (one of those just under the inner diameter of the pipe), a method of running water through the line while you are snaking it, and the know how to run the snake in a way that does a good job of cleaning the line and keeps you from getting hurt.

    For drain cleaning, you will usually be ahead to have a professional in. Find a local company that specializes in drain cleaning. A real professional will not leave a mess behind them, I go to great lengths to keep my customer's house clean. Not to say that there are no dedicated professionals working for RR, there probably are, but they have a rather bad name in the trade.
     
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    Got another problem...

    I was able to free the clog with a longer, 25ft snake....running hot water thru it now...thanks for the help and advice, it helped me solve my first problem!!

    But I noticed I have a small leak coming from the garbage disposal (see attached pic)

    I have this silicone sealant...will it possibly seal that slow leak?

    http://www.gatzies.com/p-57319-ge-98-oz-silicone-ii-kitchen-bath-caulk-clear.aspx

    If not, would plumber's putty seal it?

    Looks like I'll have to go all the way around it because with this being a 2 piece design, if I just patch the small leak, it'll probably just worm it's way over to another area and drip down.

    garbage disposal leak.jpg
     
  8. Dec 11, 2013 #8

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    No! putty and silicon will not seal that leak. You are correct it will just worm it's way around. Time for a new disposal.
     

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