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Old 10-13-2021, 05:58 PM   #1
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Wifeís bathroom sink is also the drain for the ac. Iím thinking the constant slight flow of water causes a buildup. It drains slow. Iíve taken out the p trap and snaked it before. Never hit a clog but Worked fine for a while. Drain cleaner helped but ate through a drain gasket at the sink and didnít last long. What should I use? I feel like the pipe in the wall/slab needs to be cleaned almost like a cylinder hone.


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Old 10-13-2021, 06:03 PM   #2
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Blow it out with compressed air.
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Old 10-13-2021, 06:05 PM   #3
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Use household vinegar---changes the ph enough the scum/algae won't thrive. Also, use household bleach to dissolve the hair in the drain.
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Old 10-13-2021, 06:32 PM   #4
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Find the drain from the air handler of the house AC. There should be a way to pour about a cup of bleach down the drain line to the sink on it. Do that 2x a year and good to go. If it's bad clogged, run an air hose to it, and blow it out. Be sure and place a towel in the sink, you don't want to clean up that mess if you don't. Ask me how I know.
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Old 10-13-2021, 06:42 PM   #5
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Did you pull the stopper out and clean all of the hair out?
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Old 10-13-2021, 08:13 PM   #6
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So you are saying you already cleaned out the p trap, and the AC is flowing condensate water into the drain OK, and you think the clog is in the wall somewhere down the pipe line from the p trap, right? That is the problem I am having right now. I know going into the attic and running a snake straight down the vent line will clean out a clog in the wall, but anyone know of any other way? Apologize, don’t mean to hijack your thread, but I may have the same plumbing problem. Thanks for answers, suggestions.
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Old 10-13-2021, 08:18 PM   #7
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So you are saying you already cleaned out the p trap, and the AC is flowing condensate water into the drain OK, and you think the clog is in the wall somewhere down the pipe line from the p trap, right? That is the problem I am having right now. I know going into the attic and running a snake straight down the vent line will clean out a clog in the wall, but anyone know of any other way? Apologize, donít mean to hijack your thread, but I may have the same plumbing problem. Thanks for answers, suggestions.
Pull the stopper out of the sink and clean that part out. Pull the pee trap so you can see straight down. Lots of hair and funk in there!
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Old 10-13-2021, 08:22 PM   #8
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Did you pull the stopper out and clean all of the hair out?
My money is on this being your problem.
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Old 10-13-2021, 08:55 PM   #9
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Run hot water and vinegar in the sink and then plunging it with a plunger .
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Old 10-13-2021, 08:57 PM   #10
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Get you some Thrift


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Old 10-13-2021, 09:48 PM   #11
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Thanks all. Condensate drains fine itís the sink. Brand new drain/stopper so not that. P trap looked fine when I changed the drain so pretty sure itís in the wall. Snake down the wall knocked something loose last time and all was well for a year or so


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Old 10-13-2021, 09:57 PM   #12
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Thrift is good stuff. I use it a couple times a year.
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Old 10-13-2021, 10:07 PM   #13
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If Liquid Fire doesnít clean it out it canít be cleaned out.
Do not get it on you or anything else, itís some tough stuff. Itís so strong that it comes in a red plastic jug sealed in a plastic bad.


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Old 10-13-2021, 10:11 PM   #14
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I have the exact same problem at my sink in the master bathroom. The ac line meets just above the sink p-trap but the clog happens in the wall past the sink and backs up the sink. Typically, it will go down eventually, indicating it is slightly less the 100% clogged. So what I’ve done successfully a couple of times is after it’s gone down as far as it will go, I boil a big pot of water on the stove and then pour it into the drain until it just starts backing up into the sink. Then I wait and when it goes down a little I pour some more. It usually goes down faster and faster as the hot water melts whatever is clogging it. By the time the big pot of water is gone, I can usually just turn on the hot water at the sink and basically let the whole water heater full flow through the line and that gets it draining at full speed. It usually gets clogged when the sink hasn’t been used very much for hot water.

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Old 10-13-2021, 10:34 PM   #15
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Liquid Fire is the BEST
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Old 10-13-2021, 10:46 PM   #16
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Probably female hair. I agree with the boiling water remedy. In the past, I have dumped a bottle of Draino and then hit with boiling water. Itís always worked.


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Old 10-14-2021, 09:15 AM   #17
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I use one of the plastic hair drain snakes on my wife's sink whenever it starts to drain slowly and it keeps the hair from becoming a problem. A lot easier than removing the pop-up or p-trap.
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Old 10-14-2021, 09:24 AM   #18
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Check the sink over flow drain.
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Old 10-14-2021, 09:26 AM   #19
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Baking soda and vinegar. Then pour a boiling pot of water. Always works for me. I do have to pull hair out of my wife’s sink though. Don’t think there’s anyway to flush that through
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Old 10-14-2021, 09:59 AM   #20
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I would try a shop vac first if you have one. If the clog is close enough to the drain/access point you use for the shop vac it will take it out and not force it down the line further. If that doesnt work try compress air, a good 10-20 bursts of about 3 seconds each should help unless its too far. If that doesnt help its time to call a plumber that has a long enough snake.
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Old 10-14-2021, 10:16 AM   #21
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I have had the same issue a couple of times. The A/C drain line attaches to the side of the P-trap. Mine is a rubber hose line that has a hose clamp that secures the rubber hose to the side of the P-trap. I have to loosen the hose clamp and remove the rubber hose. Once this is done then remove the P-trap and then clog will be clearly obvious at the area where the A/C drain line feeds into the P-trap and will be clogged with algae. Clean the algae out to clear the clog and reinstall everything in reverse order and you will be good to go. If you want to try something to prevent disassembly of the P-trap, pour about a half a gallon of bleach in the PVC line in your attic near A/C that feeds from the overflow pan to the sink drain. This may clear the algae but if it is clogged too bad you will have to do the disassembly as described above. Very simple to diassemble and reassemble and ensures all the algae is cleared out and will not damage any components of the system.
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Old 10-14-2021, 10:19 PM   #22
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Thanks for asking the question OP, and thanks to all for the good ideas and suggestions. I’m thinking some AC algae living in my p trap is about to meet some boiling water.
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