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I just had a main serer trap clog up for the 3rd this year. It was clogged with some soft, white goop like lumpy CRISCO or gelatin. It easily by hand.

At first I thought it was cooking grease, but I put some in a metal can and heated it on the stove - it didn't melt. Of course, both tenants in this rental property deny putting anything strange down the drain or toilet. Any ideas on what this stuff could be? Any way/place I could have it tested to find out what it is? CLIVE - thanks for the response - but I'm in NYC so the water is not hard

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You will have to have it tested for a definitive answer.

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    In the UK the Department of Health have Labs and can test things but no idea of cost.



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