Air bubbling through toilet-ideas?

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We recently remodelled our bathroom, and we now have air bubbling up through the toilet. The drains are running slower than usual and sometimes appear clogged only to clear themselves.

I had a friend say I had an air bubble in the lines, and to plug all the sink drains and shower drains then plunge the system to get the air out.

It is becoming more of a headache daily. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

BTW, I have a sand filter sewer system - no tank. No known reason the lines should be clogged (more than normal) and the house was built in 1978.

Thanks for any help!
 
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What do you mean you have a sand filter with no tank? No Septic Tank? I think all septic systems have a tank of some type and usually two -- a septic tank to separate the solids and a pump chamber to dose the drain field/sand filter with effluent. DO you have a aireator in the septic tank? If so could it possibly be pressurizing the system?
 
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Yes, I mean we do not have a tank. The tank system and piping was removed (prior to our purchase) and 3 large sand pits were installed.

It sounds strange, and I've gotten that question before, but I have verified with the city that we have no tank.
 
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Being unfamiliar with sand pit sewerage treatment, I'll vote for an occluded vent out the roof. If air cannot be introduced from above, the water won't flow from the fixtures. I doubt very seriously you have an air embolism. It is sort of like placing a straw in a soda and placing your thumb over the end of the straw and withdrawing it from the soda. The liquid will remain in the straw until you release your thumb and allow air from above. So, with that said, chugging your roof vent with a garden hose (water off) would be in order. Squirrels and birds deposit foreign matter in the pipes and they can become stopped up, so clearing them is important.
If you decide to do this, please be careful on the roof, as it isn't the fall, but the sudden stop that makes for a poor evening.
 
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Originally Posted by Jon Lovell View Post
We recently remodelled our bathroom, and we now have air bubbling up through the toilet. The drains are running slower than usual and sometimes appear clogged only to clear themselves.

I had a friend say I had an air bubble in the lines, and to plug all the sink drains and shower drains then plunge the system to get the air out.

It is becoming more of a headache daily. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

BTW, I have a sand filter sewer system - no tank. No known reason the lines should be clogged (more than normal) and the house was built in 1978.

Thanks for any help!

Your friend, was he drinking? Beer 4U2


Go to the lid of that system,


there'll be a pump motor that is suspended right in the opening. It's an aerator pump that keeps that system from malfunctioning.


If that pump stopped working, you have some serious problems, especially if that motor has been off for weeks.

You have a very delicate system and when it malfunctions, bad things happen.

I've worked on a couple, that's it. People think they don't need that pump moving that waste, they're dead wrong.
 
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