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Old 09-03-2011, 05:55 PM   #1
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I am having problems with my toilet. Today I flushed but it would not empty even with a plunger. I tried running the bath and it also would not empty.

I opened the clean out an cleared the pipe to the septic with a snake freeing the water. Added a bottle of Flush Septic Treatment ti the toilet and flushed. After that it flushed OK, but it bubbled in the bowl when I ran the water in the sink. I ran the bath and after several minute the water stopped draining an .backed up and the toilet would not empty when flushed. After 30 min it had drained out.

The septic is only tank is just 2 years ago. Would this be a problem with the septic or with the venting


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Old 09-04-2011, 08:32 AM   #2
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This morning I went down and had my Sunday bath. After the bath I emptied the tub and started to get dressed. The tub was draining fine and then stopped. I ran the sink and the water filled the sink.

I went down into the crawl space and there was water leaking onto the floor. The water had backed up in the pipe and was leaking around the toilet flange. The water stoped running at 9:20AM. At 10AM the tub was still at the same level. I drained the water from the sink by opening the trap and draining the water. Shortly after this there was a load gush and every thing emptied. Would this be a venting problem?

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You don't have your location in the post----

It is possible that your tank and leach field are flooded---

What's the weather been like there lately?
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Just reread your post---Might be a clogged vent,also.

Hornets occasionally build nests in the vent pipes so be careful if you are on the roof checking that---
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You don't have your location in the post----

It is possible that your tank and leach field are flooded---

What's the weather been like there lately?
I am located in Rollingdam, NB, Canada. We did have a lot of rain last Sunday with Irene coming through but we are located on a hill, with the end of the leach feild 10ft from a a 45 deg slope.

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You may still be flooded----I think calling a 'honey truck' to pump out you tank might be in order.

Leach fields are set up to drain slowly (shallow pitch to the pipes) the unusual amount of rain would be my first suspect, That's the only major change you have had recently---
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if stuff drained when vented by removing sink trap i would look at venting first and like mike say be careful out there
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I climbed up on the roof and tried to snake the stink pipe but could get it down because there was a 90 deg angle. Could I run water down the vent to clear it out or would that cause more problems?

I went under the roof and checked the pipe, it comes down from the roof and hits a 90 then a 45 then runs along the underside of the peaked roof to a 45 and then goes down to the crawl space where there are vent pipes heading to the bathroom and kitchen sink and washer. would the number of elbows cause problems with venting?

The bathtub snd the toilet would not drain as the when the main pipe filled with water, the toilet has no vent and the bathtube is not hooked up to a vent other then the overflow.
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You can use a garden hose to flush the vent.

Please have someone inside watching the bathroom--if the drain is the culprit that water may back up into the tub or sink.

The roof vent should not have a horizontal run in the attic---that is a common cause of clogged main vents---dead birds--leaves and such can settle in the horizontal section and build up ---
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Beautiful part of Canada ,New Brunswick---Never been there but a good friends family is from there---the photos are wonderful.

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