Blocked plumbing - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
Old 10-09-2007
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
StephenOrd is on a distinguished road
Unhappy Blocked plumbing

On my 1981 Tartan 37 I have discovered that the drain pipe from the Icebox / refrigerator is plugged. I have tried a piece of wire from both ends and pressurized air (75 psi) also from both ends but have not been able to unblock the hose (3/4"). There seems to be a 90' fitting about a foot down the drain that I cannot get around and I cannot access the hose except from the ends. I have tried removing the cabinetry but it is glued on.

Does anyone know if DrainO or Liquid plumber will harm the hoses? Or has anyone else got a solution?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 10-09-2007
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 1,810
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 10
btrayfors will become famous soon enough btrayfors will become famous soon enough
I also have a 1981-vintage boat which has had a blocked refer drain for years. Mine was blocked for 17 of the 18 years I've owned the boat. Finally, this spring, I got serious. Or mad. Or somethin'.

Got a hefty piece of insulated s/s lifeline, and banged away at the plugup from each end. Then, I cut the hose a bit downstream of the plugup and took a long thin screwdriver and hammer to it.

Took about 1/2 hour, but it finally dislodged. Kicked myself for putting up with it so long.

I would have just cut the hose out and replaced it but, of course, it's in an impossible position and would have required major surgery, while patching the hose with a plastic connector piece was a breeze.

Can you believe it, I actually used a pump and hose all these years to drain water from the bottom?

Keep at it. It will give up eventually.


Last edited by btrayfors; 10-09-2007 at 01:58 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 10-09-2007
Faster's Avatar
Just another Moderator
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 14,699
Thanks: 68
Thanked 197 Times in 189 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Faster has a spectacular aura about Faster has a spectacular aura about Faster has a spectacular aura about
Make yourself an adaptor to attach the end of the drain line to a shop vac and try some vacuum to pull crap through. Alternatively try the same trick from the other end. You might just suck out whatever is in there.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 10-09-2007
TrueBlue's Avatar
Señor Member
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
Posts: 4,853
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 12
TrueBlue is a jewel in the rough TrueBlue is a jewel in the rough TrueBlue is a jewel in the rough
Whatever you do - refrain from caustic chemicals, like DrainO or Liquid Plumber.

Perhaps you can secure one end of a long enough, braided steel cable (like shroud wire) to the chuck of an electric drill. Unbraid an inch or so of the other end and insert into the drain opening, or opposite pipe end . . . and drill away. This will simulate a plumber's drain router - on a smaller scale.
True Blue . . .
sold the Nauticat
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Plumbing and Electrical Diagrams TXS-ALAMO Gear & Maintenance 0 01-27-2007 04:14 PM
vacuum break in head plumbing Artwerke Gear & Maintenance 3 01-18-2006 02:13 AM
Boat Plumbing Inspection Tom Wood Buying a Boat Articles 0 02-17-2004 07:00 PM
Boat Plumbing Inspection Tom Wood Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 02-17-2004 07:00 PM
Marine Plumbing Standards tarmand General Discussion (sailing related) 5 10-22-2003 09:36 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:50 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) LLC 2000-2012

The store is owned and operated by a company independent of the forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.