01:14PM | 08/18/06
Member Since: 08/17/06
1 lifetime posts
Hi I moved into this home 3 months ago. It was built in the early 50's, not many changes since. The neighbors (who have lived here decades) say this house has NOT had any serious plumbing problems.

2 months ago we had a plumber here to fix the seriously clogged kitchen sink. he upgraded the pipes that lead from the kitchen and bathroom sinks to the main line (both sinks are on opposite sides of the same wall). the sink drains much better but has begun to slow.

Almost 2 weeks ago, we noticed that the floor-drain in the garage had a problem when we ran a load of wash - we found water all over the floor around the washer. I used a 25 ' snake on the floor drain pipe and on the pipe that leads to the roof. Running the washer still produces water on the garage floor.

Yesterday, the shower was running and I noticed water was collecting on the floor. At first thought it was coming from the shower, but noticed it was actually coming from where the toilet meets the floor. The water was warm and clear. I also noticed a tiny clump of lint.

I turned off the toilet valve. Water has stopped leaking, I am thinking about renting a larger snake and checking to see if an o-ring needs to be replaced before calling a plumber.

Any advice is much appreciated.



07:21AM | 08/19/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1449 lifetime posts
It sounds like you have several issues going on.

If water seeps from the toilet by the floor the wax gasket and floor flange bolts should be replaced.

While the toilet is off try running the shower and see if water accumulates in the soil pipe (Lead bend) if it does then you should try snaking the line from this 3" or 4" opening with a 3/4" snake as you run the shower so your not only keeping the snake clean your flushing away any debris the snaking is dislodging.

The water coming up in a garage floor could indicate either a buried floor drain or a broken line

Also seeing lint in the waste line can be a serious problem especially if this same wate line is used for the kitchen as now you have lint and grease and snaking will only bore a hole through it but will not restore full flow as originally designed.

In these cases I would snake to remove hard stoppages then water jet the lines to scour them to a like new condition and a possible video inspection may be needed to find out why water is coming out of the ground in the garage area.

Good luck and hopefully you had money held in an escrow account when you bought the home


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