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25 Apr 2000 at 11:34 pm #278525MasterPlumbersKeymaster
Our home was built in 1997. Roughly a year later, we began to have trouble in the line draining the
washing machine and laundry tub on one side of the wall and the toilet, shower, tub, and bathroom sinks in
the adjacent bathroom. The first sign of trouble is bubbling in the toilet when the washing machine is
draining. A day or so later, one of several types of problem develops. The last time the water from the
washing machine came up through the shower drain and the tub drain, dumping water and a little fecal material
over the bathroom and shower floor. On another occasion, the same type of situation, only with less water
involved, occurred when the toilet (low flow, pressure flushed) was flushed. Another time the water would not
drain from the shower when it was being used. We have had the line rotorooted, but nothing was found other
that “stuff” mostly from the toilet. The builder’s plumber replaced part of the line between the toilet and
the shower, but that accomplished nothing. He removed the one way intake “flapper” valve he had at the outside end of the soil stack,
which comes out through the overhang of our flat roof, but that did nothing. We are on a septic system. We have other bathrooms and a lavatory, served by other drains, and they have had no problem. What is the problem and, much more important, what do we do about it?
I sure would be grateful for advice, since the plumber seems to be totally mystified.
26 Apr 2000 at 12:17 am #298687Art_xyz
It sounds as if your water level in the septic tank is too high or a partial stoppage at the septic tank inlet. You need to locate the lid at the tank inlet. The next time you have this problem lift the lid; The largest portion of the inlet pipe should be above the water level. If the inlet pipe is below the water level you should call a qualified Plumber to make necessary repairs to the system. If the water level is below the inlet pipe, than the problem is in the sewer line (either a stoppage or low spot). Again you will need to call a qualified Plumber to make the necessary repairs.
23 May 2000 at 2:19 am #298688Guest
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