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 Hot or Cold Water When Snaking?
Author: george 7941 (Canada)

A few days ago I snaked out a 1 1/2 in ABS kitchen sink drain with my Ridgid K39 and a drop head on a 3/8 cable. I have snaked this drain previously and it is fat clogging it. I ran lots of hot water while snaking and afterwards, hoping to flush away any remaining fat on the pipe walls.

The drain clogged up a couple of days after I had snaked it and I had to go back today. This time I ran cold water.

Do you run hot or cold water while snaking?

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 Re: Hot or Cold Water When Snaking?
Author: bsipps (PA)

Kitchen sink grease clogs are not fun, sometimes you have to cable them several times to ensure the clog is gone
I use the rigid k50 with 5/8” sectional cables and a drop head when I believe the clog is no longer present I fill the sink sometimes more than once with hot water then repeat with cold water

We can not control what people put down their drains especially renters which is why I believe clogged drains should not be warranted at all or atleast a maximum of 7 days

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 Re: Hot or Cold Water When Snaking?
Author: bernabeu (SC)

For 'insurance' add dishwashing detergent (a lot) to the sink of warm/hot water before 'flushing'.


"Measure Twice & Cut Once" - Retired U.A. Local 1 & 638

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 Re: Hot or Cold Water When Snaking?
Author: george 7941 (Canada)

My mistake, I used my K375 (Floor Drum machine). This is an island sink with the trap below the floor, so I have to go thru the trap. The drop head and a one inch C cutter heads are the only ones that will go through the trap. A larger head would have cleaned out the line better

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