Stumped on a Stopped Drain

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  1. Oct 12, 2019 #1

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    Good morning. I had a slow draining bathroom sink and troubleshot by removing/cleaning the P-trap along with cleaning all accessible pvc pipes and getting about of foot of snake into the wall pipe. Got a bunch of gunk out of pvc (nothing from the wall pipe) and put everything back together, but now the sink will not drain at all. It’s almost as if the water isnt making past the p-trap. Don’t know how I made it worse, hoping there’s a trick with how the pipes are laid out. Thanks for your time!
     
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    i have never seen anything like that before in my life

    did you clean the gunk out of the pipe from the bottom of the bowl the that first turn?
     
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    You say. "It’s almost as if the water isn't making past the p-trap."
    Take a couple of minutes and drop the trap that will confirm it one way or another.
    If everything flowing that far and trap clear, it has to be at or beyond that "foot of snake into the wall pipe".
     
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    an indication as to where the plug is, is how much water has gone down the drain before it backs up

    immediately the plug is at the sink
    couple cups of water, at the trap
    a quart, ..in the wall

    you have already stated you cleaned the trap
    how much water is gong down the drain before it backs up?

    .092 gallons per ft on 1.5'' pipe
     
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    Don't forget you don't know what amount of water he already has in the pipe. You're assuming it's empty to the point of the plug.
    Good thought though.
     
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    I did, all pipes are completely clean.
     
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    I'm assuming it's either some kind of weird pressure issue with the weird turns, or there is something in the wall. I can't get the snake more than a foot into that pipe (any suggestions?). What's got me really stumped is the fact that after cleaning, it got worse and won't flow at all.
     
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    After I drop the pipes and drain, the sink runs for about 20 seconds before it backs up. Probably a quart and probably in the wall. I am having trouble getting much snake in there (small to medium sized, good for sink pipes). Any suggestions on how I can navigate the pipes? I have turned and manipulated it all different ways.
     
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    It sounds like you may have pushed some of that stuff with the snake enough to compact it and slowing things down even more.
     
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    That's my main suspicion, but I can't get the snake in anymore. Seems more like it is hitting hard pipe turns than a clog.
     
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    frodo has more experience with that type of problem.
     
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    Yea, the weird part is that I didn't even use the snake on the wall until after the first run where I just cleaned everything and put it back together. That's when it went from slow to stopped and when I tried for the wall pipe.
     
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    I'm making it too easy on you guys for jokes...
     
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    As frodo mentioned, I also don't know what this stuff is.
    963FF0DE-B74D-49E1-B1D3-60DB4090686A.jpg
     
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    That is a pipe like trombone slide, adjustable. The system was installed to accommodate drawers below the sink instead of a cabinet. Black hose is the off-shoot from the anti-overflow drain. Any chance you guys can facetime me?
     
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    I had to look up "facetime" to fine out what you were talking about.o_O
    Does that answer your question?

    That's an interesting offset assembly. Never knew they existed. Kinda like a handicap offset for wheel chairs.
     
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    It’s IKEA crap for their floating vanity
     
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    my thought exactly
    whatcha wanna bet it does not have a iapmo or asse stamp anywhere on it?
     
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    Yea, that's what's great about renting.... only the very best.
     

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