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      MasterPlumbers
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      I had a clogged bathroom sink. I attempted to snake it. About 3′ into the wall I hit the blockage and it seemed pretty solid. I continued to snake slowly and eventually it went through. However when I pulled the snake out there was nothing there. The drain then drained well. However to my surprise when I took a shower the tub drain backed up. I am assuming the blockage wasn’t cleared but instead was puched furthere down. How do I clear out the blockage all together as opposed to pushing it ?

    • #300550
      Retired plbg1

      Run cable farther in to pipe are cut out piece of pipe and see if you can get it, are have sewer man come out and cable it.



      Art retired plbg

    • #300551
      nicktheplumber

      Your guess that the blockage moved further downstream is certainly correct. In addition to what RP suggested, you could also try to snake through a roof vent, or locate a cleanout just upstream of the clog and snake through that. You need to be very careful working on a roof. Sometimes (with smaller twisty drains that are difficult to snake) I like to try using one of those rubber drain weenies that you attach to the end of a water hose and push a few inches into the pipe. They force water under pressure that can sometimes blow out a clog. You need to be careful to block other drains and overflows. They come in sizes that will fit 1 1/2″ to 4″ pipe.

      NtP

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