I'm not a plumber or expert, but the one thing that stuck in my mind
is that this apparently "just" started happening and is on a "random
basis." To me, that would rule out a fixed obstruction, or something
that has grown into place over time.
Does the event happen when multiple people might be flushing/rinsing/
showering at the same time, or can you recreate the issue with a
single event (a flush, shower, dish wash, etc.)?
Do you hear gurgling or other noises from other toilets, sinks, etc.?
re: can you recreate the issue with a single event (a flush, shower,
dish wash, etc.)?
As a matter of fact, I can. Here's what's happened since I posted
I was in the basement when I heard the BbbblewwERP! It was
accompanied by the sound of the upstairs flushing.
I then took a *very* long shower in the basement bathroom. While
lingering under the hot water, I started to hear the toilet gurgling.
I stuck my head out and watched it as it BbbblewwERPed constantly. I
turned off the shower and it stopped almost immediately. I turned the
shower back on, waited about 10 seconds and it started again.
re: Do you hear gurgling or other noises from other toilets, sinks,
Not that I know of, at this point anyway.
with some helpers, look down into the vent between the house and the
street sewer and play with your similar flushes and observe; add
garden hose water and some detergent, and plunge it with a long
handled trap plunger. observe and compare.
re: look down into the vent between the house and the street sewer
I'm not sure what you are suggesting. What "vent between the house and
the street sewer" are you referring to? If you are talking about the
clean-out, it's at a 45 and all you can't see more than a few inches.
re: plunge it with a long handled trap plunger
on 5/25/2008 8:53 AM DerbyDad03 said the following:
I believe he meant to climb on the roof and observe (and listen) at the
vent stack while someone in the house flushes the toilets.
The garden hose down the vent may flush out any blockages in the vent
stack (leaves, nests, etc.).
I don't know what a trap plunger is, but I suppose that it would work
like a toilet plunger, that is, applying air pressure to push blockages
out if the garden hose water didn't flush them out.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.