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Washing machine backs up into kitchen sink, nothing drains, water stinks! Help!

Washing machine backs up into kitchen sink, nothing drains, water stinks! Help!

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Old 03-05-10, 06:23 PM
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Washing machine backs up into kitchen sink, nothing drains, water stinks! Help!

Our washing machine will not drain, the water overflows the drainage pipe and backs up into both sides of our kitchen sink (one side has a garbage disposal). Also, the kitchen sink will not drain either. The water that backs up into the sink is stinky and dark. The sink and washing machine are approximately 10 feet apart, separated by the wall - the washing machine is in our garage. Our home was built in 1958 and is a single level ranch with a pier & beam foundation.

My husband ran an auger through the washing machine drain line, and used the shop vac to clean it out - got out quite a bit of lint and other debris. The washing machine would start to drain, but slowly and it would quickly back up and overflow again. He also took apart the pipes under the kitchen sink and ran an auger in there for almost 20 feet. The auger hook is not catching anything. We also tried baking soda & vinegar, and boiling water, on all 3 drain pipes.

We don't have funds to call a plumber at this point (won't for a week) and our kitchen is out of commission as we can't run any water or our dishwasher. I can't stomach the idea of being without a kitchen for a week.

Any thoughts on what this could be? Ideas, suggestions? Help!
 
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Old 03-06-10, 06:42 PM
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Well, this morning we removed the access plug on the side of the house, and my husband also checked the roof vent. Used the auger in both, and felt like he hit something when going down the roof vent. On the side access plug, we hooked up the shop vac and sucked out the water that was in there and also after a few minutes of suction came out with a large amount of white rice. We had thrown some rice down the garbage disposal on Thursday night and apparently that was the entire problem. Once the rice was out, everything was back to normal.
 
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Old 03-07-10, 04:03 AM
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Sorry for the delay in answering, but you seem to have persevered and overcome. Glad you did all the right things. Yeah, rice ain't pretty when it expands and causes stoppages. That's why you don't throw rice at weddings any more. Birds eat it, moisture expands it and they can't digest it.
 
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Old 03-07-10, 11:46 AM
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Things like >>>Noodles, rice, banana skins, potato skins, avocado skins, fruit pits etc.<<< should not be put down the disposal, those caveats are in the owners manual.
 
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