I doubt anyone can help me out of this problem, but there it goes...
I bought the RIDGID Power Spin Drain Gun from Home Depot to help unclog my basement drain pipe. Its a quarter inch snake drum that can be driven with a variable speed drill
Its a finished basement, and the floor drain is backing up water whenever excess water comes either from upstairs dishwasher, kitchen sink, or the washer in front of it.
There is still some limited flow however with a lot of water coming down, it forms a smelly pool of water down there.
Anyway... Within a few minutes of use, the snake snapped and coiled inside the pipe.
I can't even see it within the first foot of the pipe which is as much as the eye can see before the pipe turns. So what can I do now?
Its an old metal pipe about an inch and a half diameter running under the concrete slab to the main line.
I'm obviously not a plumber, but I would appreciate if you guys can educate me about problems like this and what can be done. I don't want the plumbers coming, to take advantage of the situation. One already quoted me $1,200 for a day's work, breaking the slab and replacing the pipe. Nobody really gave me much hope for retrieving the broken piece of snake from inside the pipe or cleaning it without breaking the floor.
Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.