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    my friend has a clogged floor drain, the main line is open. I do not have cabling experience. Im a new construction plumber. the run to the floor drain off the main line is short. I do have a 6ft. closet auger. If i had the right equip. how far would you run a cable into the building main, or is the auger sufficient as long as i run a hose down the floor drain to flush it.

  • #2
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    If the line is short enough, the auger might clear it. But more likely you'll need a cable machine.
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    • #3
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      j.s. you have a real advantage of being a construction plumber. you have the know how of the plumbing system, more so than most drain guys.

      sometimes drain cleaning is more of a thought process than a physical process. if you know the layout and know how it's put in, you'll be able to pick the proper tool and location to clean the line efficiency.

      cleaning a 2'' floor drain and trap is typically not going to clean a 4'' main at that time. i would fill the drain with water and snake until you see progress. at that point work the cable and then continue with the water to help clean and clear. make sure to work the area and continue to the main.

      i've cleared many floor drains with a 6' closet auger.

      but a k-60 or k-50 with 5/8'' cable and a bulb auger is the trick.

      rick.
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      • #4
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        Or a K-7500 will do the job right not just doing a trick
        Right Rick

        Sorry, I saw the K-60 thing again...rotflmao
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        • #5
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          the floor drain is 3", I dont know if that changes any thing or not.

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          • #6
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            If the main is open , but the floor drain is clogged, there could be a clog in the trap of the F/D or in the line right before the tie in to the main. Like Rick said fill it up with water and snake it from there. You may even want to try a plunger on the trap since its 3in.
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            • #7
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              Originally posted by J.S. View Post
              the floor drain is 3", I don't know if that changes any thing or not.

              since it's a 3'' trap, then you can use the 7/8'' sectional cable with the k-60.

              although most floor drains/ floor sinks, i come across are 2'', the 5/8'' sectional is the way to go. the 7/8'' is next to impossible to get through a 2'' trap. even more difficult to get it back out.

              rick.
              phoebe it is

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by All Clear Sewer View Post
                Or a K-7500 will do the job right not just doing a trick
                Right Rick

                Sorry, I saw the K-60 thing again...rotflmao
                since most floor drains are 2'', please show me how a 7500 will clear a 2'' trap. the roundup will be a good place to put it up to the challenge. i'll even let you cable down to the 5/8'' which you don't use

                3'' yes, 2''.

                rick.
                phoebe it is

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                • #9
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                  I'd start with a shop vac first. Since it's a floor drain then chances are it's just a lot of sand/dirt, nails, nuts/bolts. Vac as much of the trap as you can. That alone may be enough to open the drain but if you still need to snake it at least your limiting the amount of debris your flushing into the main.
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                  • #10
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                    Rick
                    Most 2" floor drains have a C/O in the side of the bowl and it`s a straight shot from there so
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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by All Clear Sewer View Post
                      Rick
                      Most 2" floor drains have a C/O in the side of the bowl and it`s a straight shot from there so
                      Im talking about the floor drain in the basement of a house. At least in st. louis county they have to be a min. of 3"

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                      • #12
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                        Like Ben said, i think, try a shop vac at least
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                        • #13
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                          ..my Spartan 100 with the 13/32 cable has cleared HUNDREDS of floor drains. I dont see how a 5/8 cable can get through a 2inch trap.....i gueass if its 3 inches(which i have never seen) then it probally can with a ball-bearing spring leader.
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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by Drain Medic View Post
                            Like Ben said, i think, try a shop vac at least
                            Gene said, not me.
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                            • #15
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                              Greg,
                              That new avatar of yours is too much
                              If thats the new style bidet then I guess it's time for me to try one out
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