And the saga continues.......


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Old 08-04-10, 08:28 AM
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And the saga continues.......

And the plumbing fun just continues at our house. We just had some plumbing issues corrected (see this thread: http://forum.doityourself.com/plumbing-piping/429244-sewage-smell-coming-dishwasher-washing-machine.html#post1754194 for more information) and now we are having problems again.

Is it possible to fix one problem and then that causes another one to be revealed? Maybe these were separate problems to begin with.

About a week after we had the pipe problem going from the kitchen sink fixed, we had to have a snake run because our plumbing backed up. The plumber pulled back nothing when he brought the snake back out.

Four days later, things backed up again, and again the plumber brought nothing back out with the snake.

My husband says he is investing in a snake because he knows he can work one after seeing the guy do it twice.

Things haven't backed up to the point that we hear water gurgling in the kitchen sink or bathtub this time, but we are seeing signs that there are problems.

We are having to flush the toilet with a plunger not every time we flush, but maybe 4 or 5 times a day.

The washing machine in the bathroom is still an issue. In the part of the cycle where water drains from the washer, about a cup or two of water bubbles up into the sink from the drain of the sink and from the hole in the basin that I think is for overflow if the sink gets too full. The water stinks like sewage.

This can't be healthy.

Any ideas or suggestions?

Thanks in advance.
 
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Old 08-04-10, 09:39 AM
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In addition to your drain line problem that was fixed, you may have a vent problem. Fixtures will not drain properly unless they have adequate ventilation. Does your home have a single or multiple vent? You can see the vent protruding from the top of your roof.

Spend some time getting a good idea of how the plumbing is run in your home. Which fixtures share which drains, where are the vent lines and cleanouts etc.


Don't bother buying a snake for toilet problems. Snakes and plungers won't get the job done. Get a toilet auger. It is designed to clear clogged and partially clogged toilets. Something a snake will not do. Every house should have one. They are inexpensive and available at big box stores.
 
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Old 08-04-10, 10:07 AM
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I went outside and looked. We have one vent on the roof where the water heater is and one where the bathroom is. Thanks for the recommendation of the auger.
 

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Old 08-04-10, 03:27 PM
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>>>About a week after we had the pipe problem going from the kitchen sink fixed, we had to have a snake run because our plumbing backed up. The plumber pulled back nothing when he brought the snake back out.
 

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Old 08-04-10, 04:27 PM
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We have one vent on the roof where the water heater
That is not a part of your plumbing vents. That is strictly for combustion gases from the WH.
 
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[QUOTE=shacko;1754346]>>>About a week after we had the pipe problem going from the kitchen sink fixed, we had to have a snake run because our plumbing backed up. The plumber pulled back nothing when he brought the snake back out.
 
 

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