Hi group - just wondering how I can determine where the clog is that is
screwing up my bathroom plumbing. I've tried plunging the bathtub and the
toilet but nothing is working so I'm going to have to invest in a snake for
I'd rather not have to buy *both* a toilet snake and a drain snake.
The tub drains very slowly during a shower - and the toilet "starts" to
flush - but then the water level slowly rises and then goes back down again
*past* the normal water level and then doesn't fill up.
Any ideas ? Is it clogged in the tub or the toilet ?
It sounds like your main line (or it "could" be independant of each other.)
Do you have a clean out plug outside your home? If so, open it and see if
the flow is slow-moving. If it is - then it's between the house and the
street. This is *if* you are on a city sewer line. If you're on a septic
tank, the problem could lie herein. If the water doesn't quite make it from
the toilet to the cleanout - your problem lies in the section under your
From years of experience, I believe your tub drain is clogged on it's own.
Usually hair can be removed which will resemble a birds nest (previously
discussed in this newsgroup.) I would begin with the tub, remove the chrome
plate at the top of the tub and run a small hand cable down there first.
You'll be surprised what you pull out. At the first sign of resistance,
pull the cable out. You'll have to do this a few times and there's a
possibility that if it hasn't been cleaned in quite a while, you could
actually bind your cable up inside the pipe on the debris. Not trying alarm
you - but inexperience can play havoc and believe me - human hair along with
bar soap that never dissolved can be a mess..
I would also get a closet auger (about $12 at HD or Lowe's) and try that
before I pulled the toilet and cabled the line. The reason I say this is
that unless you see the water level going up and down slightly without the
toilet being flushed - the chances are the problem is in the trap of the
bowl itself. Most common problems with toilet stoppage: large amounts of
paper, tampons and sanitary napkins, emery boards dropped by accident, caps
from shampoo bottles, wires from bowl deodorizers that hang inside the rim
of the bowl (not to mention kids toys, etc.)
Let us know how it works out for you.
Jim Mc Namara
I'd call RoterRooter. They give you a price and stick with it. I had
a guy come out New Years day and he looked at the issue, came up with
a price and spent hours till he got it fixed. I gave him more than he
asked for. They might be a bit higher with their opening estimate but
if a job turns out to be hard you'll get a bargain. Only exception is
if they need to bring in a camera to check the pipes or their big
pressure system.... both very rare events.
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