Clogged Pipes

Old 08-28-06, 06:36 AM
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Clogged Pipes

My house was built in 1970 and we've been having some plumbing problems lately. About a year ago our toilets stopped up and a little waste came up through the bathtub and shower. We had a plumber come and snake the main line. He found a clump of roots. That fixed the problem.

About a month ago, we had the same problem. Roto-Rooter came and snaked the main line, he found some roots. Problem fixed until 3 weeks later. The toilets started doing the same thing. Roto-Rooter came and snaked the line again. He didn't find anything, but it fixed the problem. Now, about a week later, same problem again.

Last night, my wife used the bathtub and it took forever for it to drain. It has always taken a while to drain. While it was draining, she was using the sink in the other bathroom and the toilet in the bathroom with the tub starte bubbling. Then, there was barely any water in the bowl. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Old 08-28-06, 04:47 PM
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Welcome to the forums. Sounds as if the worst case scenario is you may have to repalce some drain lines. You most likely have terra cotta lines, and they attract roots, and in a short time, too. Replacing them with PVC will ensure a longer life.
Now as for the bubbling, etc. you may have a vent problem as well. If you feel safe doing so, go up on the roof and chug the vent pipes with a garden hose until the blockage is cleared. Squirrels and other animals have a propensity for dropping leaves, twigs, nuts, etc in the vent pipes causing an imbalance of air from above.
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About 20 years ago I lived in an apartment for a year that had these problems. They would auger the pipes and then it would work a while and then back again and eventually augering didnt help at all. Finally the handiman admitted he didnt know what was wrong and they got some real plumbers out to work on it. They found the augering had pushed the crud up in the vent pipes and stopped them also.

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