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    Default 100 year old drain line professional augering?The kind with blades to remove build-up

    Line currently blocked and when something up top gets flushed it backs out of basement toilet.
    I will let it sit for several hours till the water seeps out.
    I'm going to snake until I get some flow then put the hard-core sulfuric acid stuff that sizzles when you put it down the line.

    This will get me out of the woods.

    I want to call in a pro to do angio-plasti on the lines. I saw a skecth at the supply house with different augering bits.

    What is the safest cutting augering bit/ tecnique.

    I don't want to do the pressure blast since My pipes are old and run under the concrete floor the length of the basement, so I don't want to risk someone breaking a connection.
    If I had to guess the lines sit in sandy dirt with a two inch layer of hand poured concrete.





    My pipes are old and run under the concrete floor the length of the basement, so I don't want to risk someone breaking a connection.
    If I had to guess the lines sit in sandy dirt with a two inch layer of hand poured concrete.

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    Any thoughts on the auger to permanently remove build up in the pipe?

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    If you are going for best cleaning , I would have the lines water jetted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanOfWorms View Post
    ...then put the hard-core sulfuric acid stuff that sizzles when you put it down the line.
    Be absolutely certain to tell the plumber what you have done there so s/he does not get any ugly surprises.
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    I don't like the idea of putting acid in the pipes. Rotting out the pipes with acid when you can't get at them doesn't make a lot of sense.
    I would snake first, then use something safe on the pipes like Bio-Clean to remove left over grease. Instead of burning a small groove down the bottom of the mess, it eats to goo around the entire diameter of the pipe.

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