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drain declogging: part 2

[Disclaimer: pictures not for the faint of heart or the easily nauseated]

So a few weeks ago, our kitchen sink was clogged, and the plumber discovered that it’s cuz the pipes are so old that calcium and rust have built up in an improperly-tilted horizontal section of the pipe (read: not slanted at all = improper drainage).

And then about a week ago, our tub started getting clogged too (as in, while you shower, the water level covers your toes). And for a while we were able to pull out clumps of hair, but eventually couldn’t pull any more out with our fingers, so we thought oh maybe it’s the calcium/rust again, so Sunday night we poured down copious amounts of CLR, to no avail. We also tried the old baking soda and boiling vinegar trick, also to no avail. Drain stayed as clogged as ever. It was late and after the football games so we wanted to shower and sleep, so gave up.

Yesterday, JLee refused to give in to defeat, and decided to shove the manual snake down the drain to see what was clogging it. And as she fed it down the drain, she felt resistance… and after a feel turns of the wheel to get it as far down as possible, pulled it back up. And look what emerged:


Yes ladies and gentlemen, that is 2 years worth of shed hair from us 3 girls in this house.

We had to uncoil it from the snake, and it looks like a dead rat in the garbage can:

Ain’t it lovely? No wonder the drain was clogged.


5 thoughts on “drain declogging: part 2

  1. mmm…. fat choi….


    family pet that lives in the drain? :P haha

    it was sooo awesome

    Posted by icebeh | March 16, 2010, 2:57 pm
  2. for those wondering..that’s about 70 cm long in length, varying in diameters. I would say largest diameter was 2 inches.

    Posted by Shrieking Gecko | March 16, 2010, 3:19 pm
  3. this is even grosser than the bleeding gums that i see every once in a while. although i guess you don’t have to worry about blood-borne pathogens…

    Posted by Dan Lee | March 16, 2010, 4:53 pm

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