03:24AM | 03/22/02
Member Since: 01/26/00
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The problem we are having is the following: Our kitchen sink drains into a drain in the basement that meets the drain for the washing machine before it leaves the house. (This drain line is separate from the shower/bathroom drain line.) When we moved into the house we had this line snaked by a sewer company. The line was fine for almost two years. A couple of months ago a problem started. Whenever the washing machine was doing a rinse cycle, then kitchen sink would make a gurgling sound. About a month ago we had the sewer company come out and snake the line again. He found two blockages and cleared them. Just last week the gurgling came back. So I called the sewer company again. This is his proposal, he told us we have two options:

1. Run a new drain line for the kitchen/washing machine through the foundation, outside, and meet it with the main drain line for the sewer. This would mean a backhoe digging up part the backyard. The cost would be $1500.00

2. Run a drain line from the laundry side of the basement over to the finished side of the basement and join the main drain to get the waste out of the house. The cost of this is $800, plus having to have a pipe run through part of the basement.

My questions are: Are there other options? Do the solutions seem reasonable? Do the costs for each solution seem reasonable?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks -Steve

[This message has been edited by ssantello (edited March 22, 2002).]


06:54AM | 03/22/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
If the lines are cleared out, and your only problem is the occasional gurgling noise, I think I could live with that -- for the quoted price.


07:15AM | 03/22/02
Member Since: 01/26/00
22 lifetime posts
My fear is that when the washing machine is emptying I will have an overflow, which could be more expensive.

I think we are going to fix the problem, I am just not sure what option makes better sense!

Thanks for replying. -Steve


06:56PM | 04/20/02
Member Since: 08/18/01
16 lifetime posts
it sounds to me like your sink is not properly vented. When the washer drains it should be able to pull air through a vent line, it sounds like the vent is non existent or plugged, and it is ****ing air or trying to **** air through your kitchen sink. If the plumbing was done right there should be a t fitting at the sink, the bottom of course will go to the washer, the middle or branch to the sink, and the top should either connect to a line that exits through the roof, or exit independantly.

im not sure what plumbing codes apply there, but there is a product called a cheater vent that could be installed under the sink, it would allow air into the drain lines when your washer drained and protect the kitchen sink trap from being ****ed dry.


03:53AM | 04/22/02
Member Since: 04/21/02
25 lifetime posts
It sounds like you might have a tree growing into you septic tank if thats the case after they clean it out you need to buy some drain cleaner i cant rember the name of it but once a month i believe and the problem stays away.then again it might be that you air vent is glogged the one on top of your house blockige can make this happen you can usually clean it out by running some water down it with your hose.


03:38AM | 05/01/02
Member Since: 01/26/00
22 lifetime posts
Thanks for the replies everyone!

The house was built in 1952, so a vent in the kitchen sink/washer did not happen!

The sink does have a cheater vent under the sink.

The problem has been resolved! I worked with a plumber and we were able to join the kitchen/sink drain with the main house drain. This accomlished two things: 1. We changed the 2" pipe to 4" 2. The kitchen sink/washer now has the benefit of the whole house venting!

Thanks again. -Steve

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