Squishy, squishy and Plunge!  

MaggiesWishes 61F
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12/14/2005 4:43 pm

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Squishy, squishy and Plunge!

It never fails. Where's a "good" man when you need one? Better yet, where is HE when you need to borrow his skills on household maintenance?

I come home today and find that my bathroom sink has filled with water (back up?) and overflowed into the carpet. Squishy, wet, yuk'y and all mine to deal with.

My cat, Miss Mae, looked at me ... looks at the sink ... looks back and hightails it out of the bathroom ... "not my fault", she seems to suggest... with one last flick of her bushy tail ... she leaves me to deal with the drama.

OK, I can handle this ... surely. I get a plastic cup from the kitchen, and start bailing out the water, dumping it into the toilet bowl, until I can manage to put a plunger to the drain without causing more water spillage.

Ok, now to get the plunger. I put the plunger into the water... making sure there is a secure suction, and start to plunge. Up and down ... I do this a couple times and release. Splash and swoosh goes the water over the basin. Great! I'm just so talented, NOT!

Hummm ... maybe it needs one of those "twisty" things inserted inside, like the endoscopies procedure they do on humans, but only for the drains. That long tubey thingy. ???

What seems to be a simple task has brought me to the edge of dread. No matter how I plunge it ... watching the tiny air bubbles escape up thru the drain ... nothing is moving into the drain. A few more attempts and plunging harder, and no water movement (downward) other than what I've spilled on the floor.

Now, I'm wondering ... are the pipes frozen? It's been cold enough ... here, to give the symptoms of "Nipply" signs, the challenge to go inward, instead of outward. **Sigh**

OH, gawd !
OH, were the hell is the damnable Tidy Bowl Man or Mr. Clean or that Rotor Rooter Man ???

Once again, I try and fail to move the mysterious blockage in my drain pipe. The sounds that drain makes seem to mimic the demonic gurgles and profusely air popping from the movie "IT" ... which scared me, come to think of it. I was waiting for some kind of Head to pop up, actually. **shivers**

So, with this revelation, I was forced to do the dishes... so I can brush my teeth and wash my face and let the cat drink her water from the kitchen faucet, or get her a glass, as she's so use to.

And I suppose I'm calling the general handyman in the morning.

Kimmers777 107F

12/14/2005 5:39 pm

Don't call yet!

Your sink is suppose to have an overflow hole, usually located on the front lip of the bowl. This is meant for when the plunger is down and the water is left on. Clearly, if the pipe is blocked it's useless.

But using a plunger over the drain will do nothing so long as that overflow hole is open! When you push down on the plunger, your simply pushing water back up the overflow channel, not down the drain.

Three solutions:
#1 Dump half a bottle of Draino down. Most hair and soap junk will clear with that.

#2 (Do not attempt if you've already got Draino in the sink!) This might take two people or good coordination on your part, but you can try firmly covering the overflow hole, WHILE using the plunger. Difficult, but it might yield a temporary fix.

#3 Place a bucket in the cabinet under the sink. Place it under the trap, which is the U shaped piece at the very bottom. If the pieces are plastic, you might be able to disconnect the trap by handle. If they're too tight, or are metal, you'll need a wrench. Preferably, a large pair of Channel lock pliers works great. Once the trap is off, dump it out and use something to clean out anything clinging to the sides.

One of two things is going to happen. If the sink drains into the bucket, you should be done. If the sink does not drain still, then the clog is on the lever that controls the stopper. Shine a light on the lever, and note that it's only held on by one round fitting where it goes into the drain pipe. Remove and back the pieces out slowly, making sure not to lose the plastic dealy that rests up against the ball. Remove the stopper, then poke out with a metal coathanger or something.

This is really really easy! A plumber will gouge you for $100 to $200 for what you can do in under 15 minutes.

If the trap and stopper lever are both clear and the sink refuses to drain, then you'll want to call a plumber to use the long pokey thing. It's called a snake, and they're a pain.

Good luck! You can do this!

MaggiesWishes 61F

12/14/2005 7:28 pm

Thank you so kindly, Kimmers777.

Thankfully, this is a landlord problem and not one of my own. I've considered this, and decided that I'm not tampering with it ... as it's really freaking cold here and most likey could be a pipe frozen
Would really be PO'd if I got tapped for that expense.

Your awesome information is very helpful and will certainly keep this in mind.

Welcome to my little "semi-sane" day pass.

warm wishes
Holiday Greetings!

The_Wraith_1969 48M

12/14/2005 9:21 pm

So, your "plumbing" needs to be fixed huh Maggie?

That is such a HOT story!

Talking about suction, and inserting and....

ok, now you got me drooling!

MaggiesWishes 61F

12/14/2005 11:13 pm

Ah ... man, another fine mess you have found me in, Wraith!

**grabbin' the end of Wraith's ribbon,
pullin' every so slowly ... **

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