Lousy way to start a sunday!

Lousy way to start a sunday!

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    Unhappy Lousy way to start a sunday!

    Woke up this morning and found water in my bathroom floor. Apparently the piping from the house to the sewer system is stopped up. Went to the front yard and opened the cleanout to have a looksee, yup lots of water just standing there..

    Makes me wish I were a plumber, going to grab the hosepipe and see if I can't get something moving along... also makes me wish i knew what the heck I was doing, lol.. wish me luck!
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    Definitely no fun, but many times with a little work you can avoid the big $$$ for a plumer. Good luck.
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    Also see if there is a rent-all store open; they always have powered sewer pipe snakes, same type equipment the plumber would use.

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    When I had my house built 20 + years ago I had a one way backup valve installed. At the time the plumber and builder tried to dissuade me from doing that. It has never caused a problem and or course I have no way to know if it has saved me from any. But, it is good to know it is in there. The only downside, if I ever have to have the line "rooted," they'll have to deal with the valve.

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    Man that's a crappy job...

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    I feel for you. Household stuff sucks IMO....but I spent the better part of two weeks fixing an underground water leak from my main line this year, and an upgrade to our bathroom sink to plastic since the p-trap got a hole in it. I've got some much needed chain link fence repairs due today. Some of the unexpected, but we're saving a lot on the water bill since I did the repairs. I never would have found the spot to dig if it wasn't for our dry weather a couple of months ago. Only wet spot in the yard. I'm wishing you the best of luck with your repairs. Plumbing is one of those things I'd rather not get into myself, but every now and then, the occasion arises. Hang in there! Home ownership pretty much dictates you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhamrichard View Post
    Woke up this morning and found water in my bathroom floor. Apparently the piping from the house to the sewer system is stopped up. Went to the front yard and opened the cleanout to have a looksee, yup lots of water just standing there..

    Makes me wish I were a plumber, going to grab the hosepipe and see if I can't get something moving along... also makes me wish i knew what the heck I was doing, lol.. wish me luck!
    It sounds like you have minimal or not enough slope to the sewer. Minimum should be 1/4" per ft. I would advise not putting stuff like cat litter down the toilet and even some types of TP like Cottonelle, no B.S.
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    I'm sorry for starting a Sunday Morning out like this. I''m to late, but remember, snakes, a motorized pipe snake can save a lot of $$$$$ in the future.
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    May have (emphasis on may) gotten out easy. Ended up going to the store and getting some Lye to pour into the cleanout. After about 20 minutes where was a loud "whoosh"ing sound from the pipes in the house. Now the cleanout pipe is clear. From what I can tell after poking around with my hosepipe a bit, looks like grease had it stopped up.

    I've since put more lye down every drain followed by a shot of dawn N water, and poured nearly 50 gallons of boiling hot water down every drain in the house.

    Lazy, desperate, sure.. but beats digging up the front yard if I didn't *HAVE* to :D
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    Exhausting the easy solutions first, is neither lazy or desparate, more like common sense.
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    Exhausting the easy solutions first, is neither lazy or desperate, more like common sense.
    Most excellent advice!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhamrichard View Post
    May have (emphasis on may) gotten out easy. Ended up going to the store and getting some Lye to pour into the cleanout. After about 20 minutes where was a loud "whoosh"ing sound from the pipes in the house. Now the cleanout pipe is clear. From what I can tell after poking around with my hosepipe a bit, looks like grease had it stopped up.

    I've since put more lye down every drain followed by a shot of dawn N water, and poured nearly 50 gallons of boiling hot water down every drain in the house.

    Lazy, desperate, sure.. but beats digging up the front yard if I didn't *HAVE* to :D
    Now you see why I about blew a gasket when I figured out that hubby was draining hamburger grease into the sink!!!!!!!!!!!
    That stuff goes to the dogs. If you limit them to reasonable amounts, they handle it a lot better than the plumbing does! lol
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    Small fact, grease--bad it congeals, cooking oil--good it slicks thing up and does not congeal.
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