Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 17, 2023, 11:36:
Note to Blue:
If drain gunk nauseates you that much, never, ever pull and replace a toilet.
Everyone, please PLEASE never resort to chemicals to fix a sink clog. Chemicals damage pipes, and kill off good bacteria in your septic tank, if you have one, and bad for the environment and dangerous to you. They also usually don't work, because it's an acid, and it often just melts the bacterial mat and hair into a big nasty blog of sticky goo.
99% of clogs are due to a bacterial mat (black sludge) that grows in the drain. Hair that falls in the drain (even just short hairs from shaving) gets tangled in it and turns it into sticky mess. This is more of a problem for those of us on well water because city water has chlorine in it which helps reduce the amount of bacteria growth (it still grows, just slower).
If you let it build up, it gets trapped in the elbow, and you may need to remove it from the elbow drain (if you have one) or just remove the whole elbow (they are designed to be easily removed, often by hand if the nuts are plastic). If you put some draino down there, it doesn't fix it. You maybe open up a bit of space, but the glob is still there, or worse, you push the blob farther down the line and now you need a plumber.
The secret is to never let it get that bad. To keep it from getting that bad in the first place, all you need is a simple, cheap plastic sink snake like this: https://www.amazon.com/Remover-Upgrated-Unbreakable-Cleaner-Cleaning/dp/B089R694YM
You can find them at any hardware store. I keep one under every sink in the house. You don't even need to remove the sink stopper. Just snake it past the stopper on all four sides, going as far in as you can, and pull it out, while running hot water. Yes it will snag - that's the point, it grabs all that tangled goo/hair and pulls it out. It's nasty and usually stinks. If it feels stuck, pull harder. The teeth are plastic and it will give if hung up on the stopper or the stopper lever. Rinse and repeat.
Example video here: https://youtu.be/0e1oOWucYrk
He took the stopper out because he had to. That was a massive clog. If you just run it down the sink regularly before it gets that bad, you can avoid removing the stopper.This comment was edited on Jan 17, 2023, 12:14.
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