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Topic by mission76 posted 02-24-2011 01:45 AM 2582 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2011 01:45 AM

Ran into my first major problem with the house I bought. I noticed a smell coming from downstairs and after investigating found “dirty” water had overflowed from the toilet all over the floor….I have never used this toilet. I went around the house and flushed the two toilets that are above the one that is backed up and sure enough the backed up one fills even higher each time. I guess that there is something blocking the drain or the pipes are frozen? I’m about to go out and get a plunger to try to rectify this problem but I don’t know if it is going to work.

I assume this is a job for a licensed plumber if this fails? Does this seem like a catastrophic problem that will cost a lot of money? Any input would be appreciated

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02-25-2011 01:40 AM

I’m a “I can do anything myself” kind of guy, and I think you’ve got a “call a plumber” problem.

The issue is going to be a block downstream of your toilets. I doubt a plunger will work.

And beyond the issues of a “snake” that’ll actually clear your line (and what if the problem is tree roots?), drains are complex beasties. I’ll run my own feed lines, but drain lines I’ll turn over to a professional.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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02-25-2011 05:32 PM

Beyond a plunger, I, too, would start by having the lines snaked. And if tree roots are to blame (as they often are) the culprit will reveal itself when the snake is withdrawn. If that is the case, that’s when the money pit starts.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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02-26-2011 05:48 AM

Thanks to all, the plunger did nothing so I called in a plumber…325 dollars later he snaked out the blockage, It was expensive but now after watching him, if it ever happens again I can just go rent an auger from home depot and do it myself

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02-27-2011 04:55 AM

buy a toilet snake for toilet blockages it is the one with a long rigid tube and a curve at the end from which the snake head protrudes. Never use a regular snake on a toilet. never call a plumber for drain clogs. call a “rotor Rooter” company, they will do the same work for MUCH less $$$

-- caring costs nothing

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