10:37PM | 07/14/05
Member Since: 07/14/05
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I have 2 problems. One is that the toilet won't flush properly, ie., toilet paper will not go down and it does not do a 'full' flush. Also when trying a plunger, all 'sorts' of things come up from the sewer. I don't know a lot of specs about the sewer system, but do believe it is a septic system.

The other problem with coincides with the toilet issue is that there is black sludge that is coming up through the drain in the tub.

Any ideas? Please help if possible. I'm assuming this will be costly, but if anyone has any ideas it would be GREATLY appreciated.

Thanx.. Sara

Jim D

12:15AM | 07/15/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
SARAME73 - hi, I'm not a plumber but it sounds like you may have a blockage on the drain from that bathroom. Is the bathroom on the first floor or a higher floor? (That may help in locating possible blockage locations.) Have you noticed whether or not the other drains in the house are slow/backing up? (If not, then the blockage would be located fairly close to the bathroom.)

If the house is on a crawlspace or has a basement, there may be a cleanout plug in the drain line that a plumber would open and snake out to break up any blockage that's formed. It should be there regardless of whether you have sewer or septic. If you're not paying a separate sewer/waste utility bill, you probably have septic. Your local city hall/public works department should be able to tell you.

Snaking out the drain could be done by a DIYer or handyman who's got the right tools and proceeds carefully. Maybe one of your neighbors can help out or recommend someone to you. I don't think this would be a long project for a plumber, and the plumber could also advise if you may need a septic tank pump-out or not.

I'm sure one of the expert plumbers here will also post and give you some ideas and help. I hope this helps some - regards! Jim D/West Point, VA


09:12AM | 07/15/05
Member Since: 07/14/05
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Thank you very much Jim. I think I'll be hunting around for a plumber today! The bathroom is in the basement and all other sinks work properly, so hopefully it is centerally located.

Thanks again, I appreciate your time with your response.

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