Drainage pipe cleaners

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  1. Brightspark

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    We have a blocked drainage pipe from the bathroom sink to the waste tank. Has anyone used or can recommend a proprietary cleaner that will flush out the pipe. I thinking along the lines of 'Mr muscle' or similar but i'm concerned about the possibility of the plastic pipe melting. The pipe is the grey ribbed type. Any suggestions?
     
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    Try that "Mr Muscle" drain cleaner, it says on the bottle it is safe for ALL pipes, just under a fiver in the Co op.
     
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    coke gets good reviews
     
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    Yes but that's already been covered on the "Has Anyone Tried Cannabis" thread hasn't it??? :Rofl1:
     
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    I use one of these at home, it's pretty good.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DOCTOR-DR...by_BabyFeedingUtensils_EH&hash=item2585063c6b
     
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    clearing block drains

    Be careful what you use, we used one from B & Q for sink at home and it melted the plastic, just a puff of smoke and the pipe disappeared.
    When we had the same in motorhome used a very fine flexible drain cleaner, which worked and was safer as long as you are gentle
    regards
     
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    Despite what it says 'on the tin' I'd be hesitant to use Mr Muscle in view of the seals and pipe work used in a motorhome.
    I have a Rothenberger RoPump (small version) which I use in the house and, from time to time, to squirt some warm water down the shower tray and sinks in the van. It is designed to work when you have standing water in a sink that is being prevented from flowing away, but I have also used it like a giant water-pistol to flush the pipes. I did not pay as much as this (about £16 I think) but this is the first seller I found.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rothenber...DIY_Materials_Plumbing_MJ&hash=item29f910257c
     
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    Have now managed to disconnect the flexible grey pipe from the rigid pipe just outside the van behind the wheel arch. The blockage seems to be in the rigid pipe. But it's a long run of pipe back to the waste tank !
     
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    If it's a straight run of smooth bore pipe just rod it with something.
    It could be a build up of hair from the shower and fats from the sink in the kitchen but rodding it should do the trick. :thumb:
     
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    Once you have it clear, use Buster Sink Sanitiser on each plug hole after each trip. I've been using the predecessor (Buster Kitchen Sink Fresh) for several years now and it keeps it clean.
     
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    I use full fat coke it gets all sort of rubbish out, I put a bottle or two down the plug holes it seems to keep them clean. Pete :thumb::thumb:
     
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    Be careful when you put anything down the washbasin in the toilet as it is only a push fit under the sink and can easily come adrift. I know to my cost.
    Look in the cupboard under the sink and you will see the connection.
    You will have to be a contortionist to do it.
    The connection under the kitchen sink is the same. Both of ours have fallen off on their own. They need regular checks.
     
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    And buy the cheapest own brand coke you can find; Lidl's used to be 17p for 2L ISTR !
     
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    It's also very good for cleaning out your Grey Waste Tank.
    Leave a litre or two swilling around in there for a few hours whilst you're out and about and it'll remove all the gunge ready for you to empty out at your next stop.
     
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    Don't you just leave the drain tap open when you are driving ? :hardhat:
     
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