We are getting water backing up into our tub which is at the same level
as our dishwasher and kitchen sink. When the dishwasher drains or if
the sink is somewhat full and it drains then for some reason water
backs up into the tub and it is kind of nasty because it has all the
gook from the drain in it.
I tried snaking out the tub but it didn't seem to help this time. This
has been happening off and on ever since we had our kitchen remodeled
and the new sink and dishwasher put in. The bathroom was redone also
during that renovation.
Any ideas on what might be causing this other than a clog somewhere in
Thanks for any feedback.
If you weren't having trouble before the remodel then I would be going
back to the contractor. The bad venting is high on the suspect list.
You could get a roto-rooter call to do the entire line to the sewer but
I suspect it won't cure the problem.
On 15-Jun-2005, email@example.com wrote:
I believe you said the problems started after a remodel. I can't tell from
here but that seems to imply that some plumbing work that occurred during
that remodel was improperly vented. I would think that your remodeling
contract (assuming you didn't do it yourself, which I doubt since you seem
to be eager to use plumbers), would specify that any work, i.e. plumbing
installations, is to be done to professional standards, blah, blah, i.e.
adhering to building code. Building code specifies properly vented drains.
So in other words whoever did your remodel, assuming it is in fact an
improperly vented drain, botched at least this part of the job and should be
on the hook to make it right. If that contractor needs to sub out a plumber
then so be it. Perhaps they should of subbed out a plumber the first time.
At any rate it seems to me that this is all part of your remodel and that
your contractor should take care of getting it fixed one way or the other.
Whoever did the plumbing install should know whether they vented the drain
properly or not. If they don't then they almost certainly didn't. Your
contractor should find this out. If they did vent it properly then maybe
the problem is, as suggested, a clog further downstream than you've checked.
In this case your contractor isn't on the hook for it.
Difficult to say without seeing the installation. It could be as
simple as re-routing a short section of pipe to having to install a
new, complete run of vent pipe from fixtures through the roof. If you
can get the contractor to look at it, do so.
I wonder if they properly vented the dishwasher? Did you use a vacuum
breaker? Is it working? I never did trust those things, although I did
have to use on once and it worked for the 10 additional years I lived in
Well if mine was any indication it is a stopped up sewer line. I had
the same problem except mine was the washing machine. It acutally
backed up into the tub and and came out the base of the toilet. Called
the plumber and they ran a cutter down our 4" line and ran into roots.
He ran his full (Econo Rooter) 100 feet and we had no problems
afterwards. When the cutter came out it had a tangle of roots hanging
on to the cutter.
That's like finding a ball player at a base ball game, it's 100F out, and
humid. The player is laying on the ground in the sun. The player is hot,
sweatty, and pale. You summon an ambulance tech and ask "Well, do you have
any ideas other than heat exhaustion"?
The answer (at least to me, from my keyboard in my living room) is so
obvious I won't tell you. At least not in this post.
Just to finish this chapter....
It was a clog in the drain. Had the plumber out today and he snaked it
right out in 2 minutes. Everything seems to be working fine now.
I guess I didn't have the right technique when I tried snaking it
although I'm pretty sure I had a lot of the snake out. I have the kind
that attaches to a power drill.
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