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scott44

01:17AM | 02/12/02
Member Since: 02/11/02
3 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I have an old house with a drain problem. One of my toilets when flushed sevral times backs up. I put a auger down it(at least 15-20feet before it wouldn't go any more), but couldn't get it cleared. The cast iron drain line goes from the toilet makes some connections to the tub and proceeds straight under groud where it connects to the sink drain. What are the next steps I should take? I have other bathrooms that are working fine, but does this drain pipe conncet to them? Either the sewer ot water pipe has been replaced (can tell by the front yard, a small indention running through the yard)

rpxlpx

02:18AM | 02/14/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Flush it "several times" ? Why?
And what makes that qualify as a "major" clog?

Iceman

05:37AM | 02/14/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Scott,
The reason the drain probably was replaced was because it broke. If the installer did not bed the new line properly, or just used a fernco coupling to do the repair, it probably broke again. Call Roto-Rooter to snake out the line. Measure the snake if it stops. Or it simply might be roots.
Len

scott44

03:53AM | 02/18/02
Member Since: 02/11/02
3 lifetime posts
After using an electric auger on the pipes (it stopped at 20-30 feet, but came back relatively clean), I started digging in the hopes of a cleanout plug. Instead I found the pipe goes out of the building, and into the back yard and meets up with the gutter downspouts (which at least one of them is clogged). Under the pipe the soil has eroded (2-3 inches of nothing under the pipe) and has some standing water. Any suggestions at this point?

Mustang

04:23AM | 02/18/02
Member Since: 01/22/02
101 lifetime posts
You say you have other bathrooms working fine, does that include the toilets in those other Bathrooms? There should only be 1 waste line running from your house, so all waste generating devices are connected to it. You say your gutters are also tapped into your waste line. Man! that's a NO-NO!

scott44

07:30AM | 02/18/02
Member Since: 02/11/02
3 lifetime posts
Mustang,
I mentioned before, this is a very old house (1830's). The house was added onto, and at one time was 4 apartments. It appears this line was redone at one point (I keep finding broken peices of pipe about a foot above the current pipe).The line may meet up with the others, and I assume it does because one of the lines comes out of the back of the house(however it comes out on the other side of the house). My feeling is that I may have to dig the whole line up by hand (can't get a backhoe behind the house).

Iceman

01:49PM | 02/18/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Scott,
Sounds like there was a Chinese Fire Drill putting your DWV system in. Maybe your best bet is to simply run a new line to the street or septic tank and tie the proper lines into it. As Mustang said, do not retie the downspouts into it. It is illegal.
Len
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