Re: Broken Drain Auger
Posted by e-plumber on December 07, 2003 at 22:37:36:
In response to Re: Broken Drain Auger
: Any one know of any tricks to remove an auger tip that has broken off in a main sewer line.

: I've got the old clay pipes that just welcomes roots through all the joints. I usually have to clean it once maybe every 9-12 months. Worked well for about 16 years. But tonight I hit a spot that apparently broke the spiral tip off the auger. Did not really notice it till I pulled it back in. I thought about just running a regular garden house down and just pushing it on to the sewer. Any suggestions from some of you more experienced guys would greatly be appreciated! Thanks.

If the snake head broke off the line due to heavy roots, a garden hose with water running is not going to "push" it into the main sewer. The correct way to resolve this issue would be to have a licensed plumber come out, snake the line with a retrieving head and try to grab onto the broken head to remove it. Let the plumber know what he/she is in store for when you call for service.
Good luck. e-plumber

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