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PLUMBING QUESTION/PROBLEM....the main sewer trap in a rental bldg. keeps clogging up with some soft like CRISCO white goop. Both tenants deny putting anything strange down the sink or toilet

Whatever it is, it sticks to the walls of the trap and builds up until I get a backup. I can easily remove it by hand. At first I thought it was cooking grease, but I put some in a tin can and heated it on the stove - it does not melt. I would appreciate: 1 any ideas as to what this could be, and 2 does anyone know of any lab that could analyze this for me? thanks Frank

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  • FXProglJr Dec 06, 2017

    thanks much for the input.....I'm in NYC (City water which isn't hard)and have 3 houses all on the same street (for 40 yrs already). This is the on;y house that has ever had anything like this block the trap....

  • ray gallant Dec 07, 2017

    also kinda agree with Clive it might be laundry detergent many over use powdered type and it might not be dissolving as it should. ask tenants to use liquid only . see if problem goes away

  • FXProglJr Dec 12, 2017

    thanks for the thought Ray, but got to cross this one off - washing machines are not allowed in the building

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Plumbing problem - White Goop:
If your water is too hard, soap may not be dissolving completely, so creating a 'cloud' of macroscopic particles.

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