bubbling toilet


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Old 02-18-06, 07:41 AM
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bubbling toilet

Whenever the third floor washer is on its rinse cycle, the water in the vented basement toilet bubbles and detergent foam even appears when the wash has completed. When the basement toilet is flushed while the washer is on a rinse cycle, the toilet level rises to the rim.

I've had the city run a camera through the sewer line from the house to the street and it was clear and, as well, I've had the line from the toilet to the sewer probed and that portion was also clear.

While the problem is annoying, it has persisted and mystified several plumbers.

Now this toilet was poorly installed at the outset by a subcontracted "professional" and discovered and rectified after a prolonged and unpleasant nightmare with sewer rats/maggots/flies/odour.
Any suggestions?
Thanks, in advance.
 
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Old 02-19-06, 09:14 AM
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What do you mean by "vented"?


Should we ask to hear the rest of the sad history?
Might there be another clue?
 

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Old 02-19-06, 10:59 AM
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bubbling toilet.

Vented as in a vent out side with a stack running up through the house eve.

The line had just a minimal amount of water lying in it.
 
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Old 02-19-06, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by TJA
Vented as in a vent out side with a stack running up through the house eve.
How far away?

What happens if you run a garden hose into the toilet?
 

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I believe the vent is, at most, 3 feet away from the toilet......

When I ran a hose into the toilet, the water in the bowl drained continuously without ever rising.

Someone suggested running a hose down the vent (to ensure there isn't a blockage there) which I may do come spring.............should the water simply run through the line or will it also fill the bowl?
 
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Lightbulb suds pressure zone

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When I ran a hose into the toilet, the water in the bowl drained continuously without ever rising.
And if you flush the toilet too?


> Someone suggested running a hose down the vent
Could have been myself.


> should the water simply run through the line
It should.


> or will it also fill the bowl?
That's the mystery, isn't it.


Okay, this makes sense now.
Do you by chance have soft water?


Can you use less detergent when you wash your clothes?
Detergents these days are quite concentrated.



Your sewer line is filling with foam and burping it into the toilet.
It might be a vent problem. But I bet you have too much suds.
 
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Do you by chance have soft water?
Beats me. However, considering that this is the "Limestone City", I suspect it is hard.


Can you use less detergent when you wash your clothes? Worth a try. We use the Costco brand, Kirkland in Canada).



Your sewer line is filling with foam and burping it into the toilet.
It might be a vent problem. But I bet you have too much suds.

Worth noting-when the washer is on rinse, the nearest sink drain also "burps."
 
 

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