My basement drain is blocked and unpleasant, smelly water pools down there. The washing machine is supposed to run into the drain but it just melds with the poop stuff and slowly drains. I would just use an auger but the drain has a strange set up. (See badly drawn attachment.)
When I push the auger down there is no way to make it bend into the pipe that connects it to the stack. The hole is just about big enough for me to squeeze my hand in there but not wide enough for me to hold the auger and push it into the pipe. So, the auger just goes straight to the bottom of the drain and that's it.
My neighbor has the same set up but his drain is wide enough to get his hand and the auger in so he just pushes it where it needs to go. Any suggestions on how I get around this?