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Wahoo 03-13-2008 11:48 AM

bubbling toilet
When I drain my bathtub my toilet bubbles a very discusting septic gas. I thought it was my vent so I went onto the roof and attempted to unblock it with a hose and a 10 ft piece of #4 rebar. No luck. There was no blockage I could tell (I have heard of people in the area having mud dobber wasps block plumbing vents.) Any suggestions?

Ron The Plumber 03-13-2008 03:18 PM

It sounds like the mainline is blocked up, or starting to get blocked up, clean out the mainline line to fix this problem.

Wahoo 03-13-2008 04:13 PM

Thanks Ron, By clean out the main line do you mean snake it or is it more involved? Since my first post I have done some more reading and found out it could be a full septic tank. The tank was pumped two or three years ago and new tail lines were installed. I figgure cleaning the main line will be the cheaper thing to rule out first.

Ron The Plumber 03-13-2008 05:21 PM

Yes snake line to tank, and then if thats not it, then suspect it to be the tank.

Wahoo 03-14-2008 02:12 AM

Thanks again Ron, Hey, if your not busy this weekend......:laughing:

Mike Swearingen 03-14-2008 05:49 AM

It is recommended that septic tanks be pumped out at least every five years. (I have mine pumped out in every year ending in 5 or 0 to keep it idiot proof. lol). If a septic system is getting heavier usage (larger family, etc.) or in very poor soil (such as a clay mix), then it should be pumped more often. Additives are a waste of money. If you have trees or bushes cloe to or over the drainfield, then you can flush a cup or two of copper sulphate blue crystals down about three times a years to help keep roots out. That's really all of the maintenance a spetic system needs, other than keeping the main drain line clear of clogs.
Good Luck!

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