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Old 01-03-2010, 08:11 PM   #1
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Epic wind makes toilet burp. Seriously.

Like most of the mid-atlantic we are experiencing amazing cold wind over the last few days. BRRR! Winds 24mph gusting to 37mph. Tonight, during an especially heavy gust my downstairs 1/2 bath toilet burped. Can't think of a better way to say it - I heard it make a 'burp' noise and when I went in for further inspection the water was rocking and there was 'splatter' on the seat.

There is another toilet directly above it on the 2nd floor that did not experience any 'gastric distress' (DH was in the upstairs bath when it happened), nor was it flushed at the time of the burp.

Can't tell you much about the venting - haven't messed with the plumbing yet. Just thought it was funny. Don't tell me if it's something bad. I don't really want to know that I need to fix yet another major system in the house.


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Old 01-04-2010, 05:11 AM   #2
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Cannot imagine why or how the wind would have anything to do with it. I am also in an old house not that far away but never experienced anything like that. Hopefully just a little "gas" and now it feels better.


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I was thinking of a different kind of "Epic Wind"

Most likely a down gust went down the pipe & caused it
The top toilet is near the pipe - not enough back pressure
As the wind travels down the vent it encounters back pressure
So it went out the lower toilet instead of the upper

We have had wind gusts over 50 mph
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so it out gassed thru the opening with least resistance
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LOL, hey at least it didn't puke
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:34 AM   #6
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Actually I remember at my parents house, if I stood at the toilet in the basement and looked carefully, the water occasionally moved a bit. Not sure if it was the wind or what, but it was kind of odd. Would make sense that wind would make it's way inside the vent though. I'm sure if you took a plunger to the vent the water in all the P traps would move a bit. Would be kind of funny to see somebody on their roof with a plunger, actually lol.


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