Ice maker drain cleaning
Bit of a fish out of water here service work-wise. 25 years in construction, now it's remote camp work and I surprise myself every day with McGuyver fix-ups. Few tools, no material yet, but getting 'er done.
Had my first experience with a backed up ice maker drain. Took a bottle brush to the pan drain and pulled out a snotty mess. Had a 10" piece of wire and fished out a big slug from the 3/4 PEX at the hub drain end.
The line had a vent behind the icemaker, so I got a chick from the kitchen to hold her thumb over the pan drain hole and I crawled behind the machine, wrapped my lips around the PEX vent, and blew for all I was worth. Out slithered a foot long slime snake, and the drain was cleared.
So guys, is there something we can do to prevent this from happening? Like pouring 1/2 cup of bleach down there every month? Part of my gig here is to develop a maintenance schedule, and I don't want to have to lip lock any more pipes?