I'm on the ground floor of a three story apartment - from time to time, one
of the my toilets makes a loud gurgling noise - sometimes, after the
gurgling, the water runs down very slowly - sometimes, after the gurgling
sounds, it flushes just fine - I've noticed no other drainage type problems
in the other toilet or the laundry drain or the adjoining tub - what might
be the problem - the apartment maintenance people don't seem concerned - I
don't want the toilet to back up and overflow in my apartment. Thanks.
It sounds like the main sewer line downstream from your apartment is slowly
stopping up. The bad part is that if it completely stops up - you will be
the recipient of one nasty mess everytime someone above you flushes. Your
apartment personnel should remove a cleanout plug and begin cleaning out the
line. If they refuse to do so - remove it yourself - let the crap hit the
landscaping - and tell them that *could* have been in your apartment. It
will not only get their attention - but also (hopefully) relieve you of some
Mc Namara has it right! Trouble is coming your way.
If you do nothing else, document your complaints to mngmnt
carefully. Even get them to sign the complaint.
Assure them that any losses will be their responsibility.
Invest in a digicam to record the damages.
A maintenance guy came by and snaked the toilet - found no blockage - he
says it's possibly air "caught in the line" that's causing the noise - I
don't know enough about this stuff to decide if he's possibly right or not -
but I do trust you guys - should I let it go for now - or push the case with
the apartment management for them to remove the cleanout plug and clean the
Thanks very much!
The reason there's no blockage is because the problem is not with your
toilet. It's down the line from you. If he's saying there's air caught in
the line - to an extent he's correct. A properly flowing sewer line will
have no water left in it (gravity still works) and it's always filled with
air. The guy is an amateur and you're going to be the one who will have to
clean up (and live with) someone else's grease, fecal matter, urine, and
anything else that goes down the drain - whether it be from the toilet or
the kitchen sink. Let your manager know that you've spoken with two master
plumbers who say the main sewer is stopping up. If nothing else have them
open the clean out plug but you need to wait until people are home and the
line has a chance to fill up first. If this were me - I would not sit back
and wait for the proverbial sh*t to hit the fan . . . in this case it would.
Thanks for taking the time with an explanation, Jim - I'll push them a bit
harder - and file a complaint with the management office in California (the
apartment is in Texas).
I'll bet you're a successful guy with an attitude like you have - if not
successful, you're a damm decent guy - and I'd take being a decent guy any
I'm in Dallas, Jim - I talked again with the maintenance guy and
management - I'm gonna watch the situation closely, and flush the hell out
of the toilet - see if there are any more problems - I home-office, so I'm
here all day - listening to the toilet - what a life, huh?
Keep ya posted - thanks again, friend.
In alt.home.repair on Wed, 20 Aug 2003 16:03:41 -0500 "No-Name"
I know they take these complaints very seriously. They will probably
have someone hand-carry it from Texas to California, and hand-carry
the reply back, even if it takes someone walking for months.
(Just kidding. I'm sure there is a wide range in apartment
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