melted candle wax in drain pipes

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by dee, Aug 5, 2006.

  1. dee

    dee Guest

    A candle melted and leaked down into my washing machine. I thought
    that I had it all removed but when I washed a load of clothes, the
    draining water backed up into my tub and bathroom sink. There was red
    candle wax all over the place. Needless to say now my bathroom and
    washing machine drain pipes are stopped up. I've used 2 bottles of
    sulfuric acid and this hasn't helped. Can anyone please tell me how to
    dissolve the wax that is down in the pipes or please tell me how to fix
    this problem.
    Thanks
    dee, Aug 5, 2006
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  2. Is there a "P" or "S" trap down stream from your washing machine? If so you
    may have been lucky enough to have "traped" the wax in it. If so,
    disassembly and cleaning may be easy. Good luck.
    "dee" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >A candle melted and leaked down into my washing machine. I thought
    > that I had it all removed but when I washed a load of clothes, the
    > draining water backed up into my tub and bathroom sink. There was red
    > candle wax all over the place. Needless to say now my bathroom and
    > washing machine drain pipes are stopped up. I've used 2 bottles of
    > sulfuric acid and this hasn't helped. Can anyone please tell me how to
    > dissolve the wax that is down in the pipes or please tell me how to fix
    > this problem.
    > Thanks
    >
    John Lawrence, Aug 5, 2006
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  3. dee

    Speedy Jim Guest

    dee wrote:

    > A candle melted and leaked down into my washing machine. I thought
    > that I had it all removed but when I washed a load of clothes, the
    > draining water backed up into my tub and bathroom sink. There was red
    > candle wax all over the place. Needless to say now my bathroom and
    > washing machine drain pipes are stopped up. I've used 2 bottles of
    > sulfuric acid and this hasn't helped. Can anyone please tell me how to
    > dissolve the wax that is down in the pipes or please tell me how to fix
    > this problem.
    > Thanks
    >


    For real?

    Chances are that the wax particles (solids, not liquid)
    combined with the usual hair/soap mess found in drains
    and delivered the final blow to what was already nearly
    clogged.

    My vote in this situation would be for a drain cleaning
    machine. You *might* get away with a canister type
    which fits on a drill or is hand-powered, but I doubt it.
    After that, it means a professional-size auger.
    If you're a determined DIY'er, the machine can be rented.

    Jim
    Speedy Jim, Aug 5, 2006
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  4. On 5 Aug 2006 11:56:25 -0700, "dee" <> wrote:

    >A candle melted and leaked down into my washing machine. I thought
    >that I had it all removed but when I washed a load of clothes, the
    >draining water backed up into my tub and bathroom sink. There was red
    >candle wax all over the place. Needless to say now my bathroom and
    >washing machine drain pipes are stopped up. I've used 2 bottles of
    >sulfuric acid and this hasn't helped. Can anyone please tell me how to
    >dissolve the wax that is down in the pipes or please tell me how to fix
    >this problem.
    >Thanks



    Sounds trollish.

    tom
    Tom The Great, Aug 5, 2006
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  5. dee

    EXT Guest

    "Tom The Great" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On 5 Aug 2006 11:56:25 -0700, "dee" <> wrote:
    >
    >>A candle melted and leaked down into my washing machine. I thought
    >>that I had it all removed but when I washed a load of clothes, the
    >>draining water backed up into my tub and bathroom sink. There was red
    >>candle wax all over the place. Needless to say now my bathroom and
    >>washing machine drain pipes are stopped up. I've used 2 bottles of
    >>sulfuric acid and this hasn't helped. Can anyone please tell me how to
    >>dissolve the wax that is down in the pipes or please tell me how to fix
    >>this problem.
    >>Thanks

    >
    >
    > Sounds trollish.


    Yes, how did a candle melt and leak down into a washing machine, then how
    did the melted wax get from the washing machine into the drain? At some
    point it would have solidified in place long before it got into a drain.
    EXT, Aug 5, 2006
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  6. dee

    glenn P Guest

    Completely troll - what a life...


    "Tom The Great" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On 5 Aug 2006 11:56:25 -0700, "dee" <> wrote:
    >
    >>A candle melted and leaked down into my washing machine. I thought
    >>that I had it all removed but when I washed a load of clothes, the
    >>draining water backed up into my tub and bathroom sink. There was red
    >>candle wax all over the place. Needless to say now my bathroom and
    >>washing machine drain pipes are stopped up. I've used 2 bottles of
    >>sulfuric acid and this hasn't helped. Can anyone please tell me how to
    >>dissolve the wax that is down in the pipes or please tell me how to fix
    >>this problem.
    >>Thanks

    >
    >
    > Sounds trollish.
    >
    > tom
    glenn P, Aug 6, 2006
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  7. dee

    Guest

    On Sat, 5 Aug 2006 17:13:53 -0400, "EXT" <>
    wrote:

    >
    >"Tom The Great" <> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >> On 5 Aug 2006 11:56:25 -0700, "dee" <> wrote:
    >>
    >>>A candle melted and leaked down into my washing machine. I thought
    >>>that I had it all removed but when I washed a load of clothes, the
    >>>draining water backed up into my tub and bathroom sink. There was red
    >>>candle wax all over the place. Needless to say now my bathroom and
    >>>washing machine drain pipes are stopped up. I've used 2 bottles of
    >>>sulfuric acid and this hasn't helped. Can anyone please tell me how to
    >>>dissolve the wax that is down in the pipes or please tell me how to fix
    >>>this problem.
    >>>Thanks

    >>
    >>
    >> Sounds trollish.

    >
    >Yes, how did a candle melt and leak down into a washing machine, then how
    >did the melted wax get from the washing machine into the drain? At some
    >point it would have solidified in place long before it got into a drain.
    >


    I was thinking the same thing. Of course people do some really stupid
    things at times, and this is one of the more stupid I have heard. If
    it dripped in the machine it would have solidified upon hitting the
    tub bottom, and scraping it out would be required. Aside from a few
    loose particles during removal, none should have gotten in the drain
    pipes, unless the guy scraped it loose and expected the machine to
    "eat" the scrapings. It could be a coincidense that the drain plugged
    at the same time too.

    I could be nasty and suggest burning the house down. The heat would
    melt the wax......

    But I'll be nice tonite. A hand snake or power auger is probably the
    only solution. If this is on a septic tank, the tank could be plugged
    too, or a sewer line is clogged.

    If other fixtures work in the house, then the clog is probably local
    to that machine and surrrounding fixtures.
    , Aug 6, 2006
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