Forum Title: Grey clay in drainage?
Recently we have run into an issue, after replacing our water heater our kitchen sink now backs up. We have snaked the kitchen and that appears clean. We have snaked the basement and we have gotten as far as 25' into the pipes. Still no luck. We tried a 75' augger snake in the basement clean out. Didn't get further than 20 or so ft. Finally we have clogged the vent and each pipe and sucked the clean out with a shop vac. Now we go about 10' down before we hit a clay substance. Not sure if we should keep snaking or stop? Any idea on what this thick grey clay could be? Our current basement pipes are steel and it is only the kitchen drainage backing up. Please let me know your ideas or if you need additional info.
Category: Plumber Post By: SHIRLEY ROBINSON (Merced, CA), 12/16/2016

Where do you see the clay? On the snake head when you pull it back. If so then Frodo is probably right and you have a broken line.

- JILL WALSH (Grand Junction, CO), 09/20/2017

sounds like a broken pipe outside snake the drain till you hit the clog. mark the snake, pull it out and measure it that will tell you where the clog is. dig it up and look at it

- DORA DAWSON (Jackson, MS), 10/07/2017

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