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Question DetailsAsked on 7/31/2017

how to remove broken piece of pvc from 1.5inch pipe

This is a wall connection under water

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I won't ask why you have a wall connection udner water - are you sure you have checked your title and your house is not actually a houseboat or yacht ? You know, without reading the fine print ... Sounds like maybe now you know why plumbers stick an old rag down into vertical or inclined drain pipes before working on them.
You have to decide if this is likely to dislodge and go further in playing with it - if so, you are probably best cutting the pipe (if possible) just below the blockage and remove it, repair pipe. Or get a Sewer and Drain Cleaning contractor with a sewer camera with a retrieving tool on it to go in and grab it (using the camera to guide it) and pull it out - commonly about $150 service charge, maybe less if only a few feet in and a very quick job.
Otherwise, if you figure it cannot go in further because it is large, or that you probably can't make it worse than it already is:
0) if only a foot or two in, use kitchen or barbecue tongs to grab and pull it out 1) if within about 3 feet of an opening you can access, get a strong tool claw at an auto parts store (about $10-15) - flexible spring tool with grasping claw on end 2) get one of the newer thin metal coat hangers (not the old really stiff kind unless this is a straight shot to where it is stuck), put a deep (4 inch roughtly) U hook in the end of the straightened out coathanger and fish around - trying to push it past the broken piece so when you pull back the U hook wraps around the piece of PVC and pulls it back out 3) if it is in cast iron pipe, then a root cutting tool on a drain cleaning router should cut it up enough to push it ahead of it to the street or septic tank. Riskier in plastic pipe or clay because if the plastic jams good, it might divert the tool into the pipe wall and drill its way out of the pipe, causing a leak and more trouble. (Most sewer and drain cleaning firms have retrieval tools for their routers too, but I have never seen one that I would count on grabbing a piece of hard PVC - those tools are more for rags and stuffed animals and such. ===== OK - rereading my answer, I wonder if you meant a WELL connection - in which case the sewer router option is out because you are undoubtedly talking a plastic riser pipe. If you are talking a submersible pump flexible riser tubing, then probably pulling the pump, disconnecting the riser tubing, and running a piece of 3/4" pipe (or as many lengths as needed) in from the other end to push it back out is probably easiest. You MIGHT be able to take 3/4" PVC pipe and tightly tape a coathanger wire hook onto the end and feed that down into the riser pipe, if that is what you are talking about. Otherwise, cutting the pipe to extract the blockage, fiddling at it with much smaller piece of pipe while trying tto wash it out with water flow, if openable atbottom trying to knock it down the length from above with significantly smaller diameter pipe are all possible options - though obviously in most cases you run a risk of getting it stuck in there too, so consider the options and cost if that happens versus getting a professional now.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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