# Plumbers in the house?

1. Feb 18, 2005

### Monique

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I've already thrown half a gallon of sodium hydroxide into the drains and they're still blocked! What kind of stuff usually works best for clearing blockages? (besides snakes).

I actually just read that NaOH can make the blockage worse :uhh:

Last edited: Feb 18, 2005
2. Feb 18, 2005

### dextercioby

Could you explain the NaOH,caustic soda part,i didn't get it...Did u try sulphuric acid...?I heard it melts just about everything...

Daniel.

3. Feb 18, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

You may need to get a plumber to run a snake through the drain.

4. Feb 18, 2005

### dextercioby

Do you think it's rat infested...?:tongue2: Then a 10m python would do it.

Daniel.

5. Feb 18, 2005

### Math Is Hard

Staff Emeritus

6. Feb 18, 2005

### Monique

Staff Emeritus
Yeah, I'm not going to put anymore stuff in there.. NaOH can be nasty stuff. But for future reference..

7. Feb 18, 2005

### cronxeh

8. Feb 18, 2005

### dextercioby

Well,yeah,it's useless.It boils $Ca^{2+}$ turning them into $Ca(OH)_{2}$,but,tragically,in the presence of air infested with $CO_{2}$ it turns to $CaCO_{3}$ again.

Oh,the sulphuric part was justa joke,it's useless too.The solubility product of most sulphates is very small.

Daniel.

9. Feb 18, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

But when the snake swallows the rat, the snake will be stuck and then she'll have a ticked off snake in her drain.

10. Feb 18, 2005

### Monique

Staff Emeritus
No, it can combine with fats to form a soap that can contribute to the blockage.

11. Feb 18, 2005

### dextercioby

Well,it's a lousy rat,it's notta goat."Digestion" is the key-word...:tongue2:

Daniel.

12. Feb 18, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

Good point, so maybe a week to digest the rat, then the snake crawls out and Monique's problem is solved!

It's ok Monique, you don't have to thank us. :tongue2:

13. Feb 18, 2005

### saltydog

Yea, you need someone to remove the trap, clean it out, then put it back. That'll be \$60.00.

14. Feb 18, 2005

But the 'Rat' will be soaked in NaOH no? so it will give the snake some..bad stomach..

Or am i just a victim of a joke here?

15. Feb 18, 2005

### dextercioby

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Daniel.

16. Feb 18, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

Good point Bladibla, we will need to neutralize the rat first.

17. Feb 18, 2005

That sounds funny

I think vinegar would be a good choice for neutralization.. since Sulf acid might just be a little bit too strong.. :uhh:

18. Feb 18, 2005

### dextercioby

Da

19. Feb 18, 2005

### Chronos

Don't be so squeamish. Go buy or borrow a plumber snake and do it yourself. No special skills required. Sure, you will drag out some unspeakably disgusting stuff, and probably get some on you :yuck: , but it washes off.

20. Feb 18, 2005

### motai

Do you know exactly where the clogging is? You could take the obvious scientific way out and use an isotope of iodine to figure it out.

If it is in the bathtub and the clog occurs in the u-shaped thing, put the snake in the overflow instead of the drain... the connection will probably be 90 degrees so there is a chance of making the snake go up to the overflow rather than down to the clog.