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Old 02-06-2010, 12:27 AM   #1
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Looking for some help with what is going on in my "new house". I bought a ~50 year old house from a flipper. The basement toilet & shower aren't used much and are now clogged. At the same time I'm getting sewer smelling water that is seeping into my basement when I plunge in the room against the outside wall. This is the side of the house where I'm sure all the utilities are buried. The water appears on the floor, at the outside wall.

Is the plumbing damaged, and backing up into my basement? Will I have to dig this all out?

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Do you have a sewer pump for the basement bathroom?

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Hi,

I don't believe so. I do know there were no building permits pulled. Thanks to my lawyer that did nothing when I asked him about any protection I might have against that. Not sure if it was required.

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Does the rest of the house drain well, or is that whats backing up into your basement?
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Hi,

It appears that the rest of the house is draining well. It is just the basement bathroom that seems to be backing up onto the floor of the adjacent room, along the outside wall, in the direction of where the water and sewage lines would be.

I'll run a few things to see if I see water pooling... but I don't believe it will be so.

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It seems that the upstairs bathroom is not causing my basement to flood. I am hesitant to try anything downstairs until tomorrow, just to be sure.

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Okay... 3 things in the basement. Clothes Washer, bathtub and toilet. If I turn on the clothes washer and run the bathtub, I get large air bubbles up from the toilet. Any thoughts / help?
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Sounds like either a vent issue or blocking issue, or both. My money is on both issues.
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Sounds like either a vent issue or blocking issue, or both. My money is on both issues.


Best shot is to call a drain cleaning company, and have them camera it. If you're using the plunger and water is coming in from outside, it is likely that something came apart, or is broken. I'd also be concerned about the water coming through the wall.... that is no good.

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