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Question DetailsAsked on 1/28/2017

need a reliable plumber in Ypsilanti, MI area to fix my sewage problem

my snake stuck in my sewage, need to pull it out and unclog the drainer

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Here is another previous similar question with answer FYI -

Plumbing would obviously be your normal Search the List category to find a plumber for this - some Sewer and Drain Cleaning companies also do drain line repair work. That category might be your best starting point, because they commonly have spiral retriever and magnetic pickup tools that might be able to grab and retrieve the snake - depending on how well it is stuck.

If stuck in the household above-ground piping, probably cheapest to have a plumber or drain company just cut into it and remove the snake at the point it is stuck. If below-ground, might be able to snag and retrieve it for commonly in the $500 ballpark for line buried maybe 3-4 feet down - can push $500-1000 range for very deep burial or under concrete paving or such. Worst case usually - if unretrievable and stuck under concrete slab, where the slab has to be cut to get to it, where $500-1000 range is not uncommon.

You said "my snake" - if you mean a hand-operated snake you own, those can usually just be twisted the "wrong way" and backed up (though commonly ruins the snake) or if really stuck yanked out - they will generally unwrap the spiral coil and pull out, though sometimes the end will break off if really stuck. A power snake or router - those more commonly need digging up when they get stuck, especially if a broken price of pipe or rock fell in behind the head.

Then after it is out, while snaking will commonly take care of in-house (above ground) issues, if the blockage is below ground level if your sewer line has not been routed or jetted out in the past 10 years or so, might be worth considering having the accumulated grease and soap scum and fibers that build up routed or jetted out full diameter all the way to the septic tank or street, as applicable. That is something that should be done every 10-20 years because that buildup reduces the inside pipe diameter, promoting clogs - and jsut clearing a clog without removing the buildup can lead to eitehr the clog material just jamming back up again downstrea,. or another clog forming in short order.

IF done with a pressure jet system, I STRONGLY recommend requiring an on-board camera, so as he pulls it back out after jetting on through you can visually see any missed spots thsat need redoing, because the smaller jetting systems without centralizing means tend to skip a fair number of spots, and can get past roots without necessarily cutting them all away. (Many of the systems cannot cut larger roots at all).

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