clogged main sewer drain

I'm a little concerned at the moment. I live on a city sewer system, in a 4 year old slab home. The one gamble you take in a slab home, is of course the sewer line under your slab, and sure enough, bingo. For a year or two, our washer would cause bubbling in our downstairs toilet when it drained. Also, we have noticed water in our front yard this time as well. For example, during a cold week, of which there are few in in this southern state, we would notice ice building up on our front curb, in the absence of any precipitation. OTherwise, nothing noticable. And now, with the clogged drain, there is a clear amount of wetness in the front yard and on the curb. The downstairs toilet, which appears to be the most downstream drain in the house, won't drain. Plunging actually pulls water into the toilet. Any water drained in any drain puts water into the downstairs toilet. The relief pipe in my front yard, about one foot from the front of my house is clear. There was a small amount of sludge in the bottom of the pipe, which i cleared out by running a garden house down it. It drains without a pause. So I suppose this is a clog between my toilet and the relief pipe, a distance of about 30 feet, all under my house slab. I have called a plummer, we will see what he has to say. I am worried about a broken main sewer line under my slab responsibe for the history of small amounts of water in the front yard, and now, the clogged drain. I guess I will have him run the camera down. I plan to move in a year, so if he can clear out the blockage but the pipe is broken, maybe I will defer the big fix to the next owner. Anyone know if the next owner can put it on me? Could this be a vent problem instead?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
asdf wrote:

If the yard is wet (presumably from the sewer draining), then the drain is broken somewhere. (Didn't sound like the water was coming up out of the house trap vent outside.)
Contact your insurance co. to see if this may be a covered event. (Maybe get the camera testing done first so you can show it was a "sudden" occurrence rather than roots in the sewer.)
Yes, you would have to disclose this problem when selling.
If it does mean digging it up, ask the plumber to investigate what alternate routes the drain might take, such as out the back or side of the house and around the foundation. Might save going thru the living room, for example.
Jim
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

If you have water in the yard then you probably have a broken line. I would save the camera and do a roto rooter job first. See if that helps, then do the camera. I used to have a blockage problem in my home the clothes washer was the furthers way. I had clogs every couple of months. Slow drains and the like, no water mind ya. Rootered the lines out, then flushed a quart of ammonia down the clothes washer drain followed by 20 or so gallons of hot water. Not one problem since. I discovered that the washer filter was putting the lint into the drain that was causing the problem Now I have a screen in the line and clean it once a week. Good luck, chances are the plumbing under the slab is ok, pretty stable usually. I will bet that the problem is in the yard
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

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.