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#1 of 9 Old 10-23-2006, 02:03 PM - Thread Starter
 
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OK, my batrhroom sink will not drain properly (hasn't for about a year now). I do weekly treatments of bs & vinegar with boiling water and this helps, but will not clear it. Last week I bought the zip-it tool and pulled out this big gross clump of general nastiness followed by bs, vin and boiling water. Better, but most definitely not cleared. I need something strong but I am TERRIFIED of the contents of most drain stuff at the store.

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Dump 1/2 cup of baking soda down it...Grab some white vinigar in one hand, drain plug in the other, Pour vinigar down drain, plug ASAP so the foam doesn't run UP but down....and the pressure will also go down. hold the plug in as hard as you can to produce a good seal. Voila clean drain
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Great idea, pandora. I've been doing the BS & vinegar, but just poured it in, didn't think to plug up the drain!
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plug ASAP so the foam doesn't run UP but down....and the pressure will also go down. hold the plug in as hard as you can to produce a good seal. Voila clean drain
That's what I've been doing. I think there is a bigger clog further down that I can't reach with the zip-it thingy. Are there any enzyme-type cleaners that may work?

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I had a very slow-draining sink in this house. I removed it to change a faucet, and found a paintbrush in it (3/4" diameter by 8" long). It looked like previous people had used various chemicals on it, to no avail. You may want to remove the trap (if you have PVC pipe it may be easy) and see what is in there!
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That's what I've been doing. I think there is a bigger clog further down that I can't reach with the zip-it thingy. Are there any enzyme-type cleaners that may work?
Well there is that 1 second plumber stuff. It's just a plunger hooked onto a can of pressurized air, you put the plunger against the drain and push the button and the pressureized air shoots into the drain and voila....no clog...
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I've never heard of 1-second plumber (I assume it's at the hardware store?). I'll give that a try. As far as taking the trap apart, I actually did this a while ago (also replacing the faucet) and cleared a big hair clog out then, but nothing as exciting as a paintbrush!

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