I have a toilet downstairs, and the master bathroom directly upstairs.
The toilet downstairs is clogged, the toilet upstairs is working fine
maybe a little slow draining but not too bad. Well, if you use the
upstairs toilet, or the shower it backs up and flows out of the
downstairs toilet. If it is the shower, the water is clean......but if
it is the toilet (even clean water) flushing the water that comes in is
dirty. I have tried a plunger, and a snake thing, but it does not
work. I even tried the hot water, and vinager, still nothing. What
should I try next other than calling a plumber?? Is this a lost cause?
What you describe is a total blockage of the Main drain.
If septic, could be blockage out there or en-route.
If city sewer, tree roots to street lateral.
Only an experienced guy on the spot can tell you.
From here it's a guess...
I have no idea if there is an access plug....where would that be? I
have never ownedmy own home before so I have never had to worry about
things like this. My husband is working and he will not have time off
for a while. Thanks alot....
Tony Hwang wrote:
First, what NOT to do. Don't call any of the drain cleaning services that
advertise with huge ads in the Yellow Pages. they tend to be rather
expensive. Some are good, some are not.
Access plug is often on the side of the drain line as it comes from the
upstairs to the downstairs of basement. In my case, there is also a second
access outside the house from a standpipe about 18" high next to the
foundation. Removing the toilet is another way to gain access. You can
rent motorized snakes that are 100' long from a tool rental, maybe a Home
If you are not up to the job, find a local plumber. If you have a plumbing
supply house in the neighborhood, go over there and see who shows up and ask
them to do the job.
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