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Posted: 3/16/2006 3:29:56 AM EDT
Do these products work, and which one is the best?

My toilet is clogged and plunging isn't helping
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 3:32:27 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/16/2006 3:33:15 AM EDT by jvic]
My wife used to work at a plumbing place and she says no and they have the potential to damage seals and gaskets if they are present.

I would say a snake of some type would be your best bet, either yourself or hiring someone to do it.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 4:01:18 AM EDT
Don't use that stuff in your stool, the heat it generates can break the proceline.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 4:08:42 AM EDT
Man, stay away from that stuff. It's all bad news! It all depends where the clog is at. Take the trap apart and if it's there, go buy a new one for around $.99. If it's downstream, you should snake it out. Home Depot and Lowes both have little snakes that work on a drill motor. If it's anything more than that (ie tree roots in the main sewer) you're gonna have to call in someone with some better equipment.

It pays to make friends with Plumbers, you just have to ignore the smell! (shot on some un-named member)
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 4:17:03 AM EDT
I recently had that problem. The hardware store around here rents a motorized snake for 35 bucks. Pulled out a half of bucket of roots. If you don't mind messing around with nasty jobs, it is not that hard to do. Saved me a hundred bucks.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 4:54:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/16/2006 4:54:53 AM EDT by wildearp]
Liquid Plumber has failed in every attempt I have ever made with it. Absolutely useless waste of money.

Are all of your other drains working? Did a child flush your remote control?

Have you tried a high volume plunger?
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 4:57:47 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:00:37 AM EDT
I have heard that it damages PVC pipes.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:01:37 AM EDT
If you use it in your toilet you will really be calling a plumber.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:04:22 AM EDT
Liquid Plumr, Drano, and the like have worked fine for me on sink and bathtub clogs -- mostly soapscum and hair. I've never had to try them on a plugged-up toilet.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:15:58 AM EDT
Get a toilet snake. Don't use liquid plumber on a toilet. Toilet snakes (or augers) look like this: LINK

They're available at almost any hardware store. Watch out not to scratch the toilet when you use it.

For other drains, I keep a jar of Red Devil lye and put a spoonful down the drain. It's a lot cheaper than liquid plumber. (Keep the jar of lye in a ziploc bag. It's hydroscopic and will absorb moisture from the air and harden if you don't).

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