27 January, 2014

Industrial Plumber

Only the downstairs toilet is backing up. It will flush completely only occasionally. All other drains flow fine, however when water drains anywhere else in the house lots of bubbles come up through the toilet that won't flush. We have well water and a septic system. Pouring liquid plumber style products in the toilet has done nothing. I even got industrial strength stuff from a plumbing supply store. I think I found an answer. Sounds like septic tank needs checking. Won't hurt to check it even if there is a clog in the sewer. PS:make a map of the tank lid location for furture ref. Saves a lot of time in the future.

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  1. Tiger January 26, 2014 at 1:33 am #
    Pipes blocked get a drainage man to power clean it, by the time you have used all these products and still got a blocked drain it would have been cheaper to get the drain man in the first place
  2. Paulina Lowell January 26, 2014 at 5:46 am #
    Your septic system is full and needs to be pumped out.
  3. Randi January 26, 2014 at 1:02 pm #
    The air bubbles show that ther is a blockage in the outlet from the toilet
  4. Harpy Baghwan January 26, 2014 at 4:20 pm #
    It sounds like you have roots in the line leading to the septic or basement . The downstairs is backing up because that is the lowest outlet for water in the house. Liquid cleaners don't work and in the case of a septic system can cause problems.
  5. Mrs Nesmith January 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm #
    Stop pouring chemicals into your toilet. It won't do your septic system any favors. Here's two possibilities:1) There's a blockage in the lateral that comes off your toilet, or it's a partial blockage in the main just downstream of the toilet's outlet. 2) There's a blockage affecting the vent that serves that toilet. The vent is there to relieve pressure changes in the drain line, so you don't get bubbles in toilets or have a vacuum form that sucks all the water out of drain traps. Sometimes vent lines go all the way out of the house through the roof; look on top of your house approximately above where the toilet is. If there's a pipe up there, maybe you can run a snake down through it and get it cleared. There are other possible explanations. These two are the easiest to check and fix.