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Old 11-23-2009, 06:06 PM   #1
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I'm doing laundry and I think some lint totally clogged up the main stack and now it's starting to back up. The tub is about half full of water (it stopped now, but right now I pretty much can't use anything like the toilet or it will get worse)

The cleanout is leaking and my sump also has some sewer water in it...

I'm plunging away in the sink hoping it pushes everything out but it's not doing any good.

Anything else DIY I could try, or should I just get a plumber here asap?


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Old 11-23-2009, 08:34 PM   #2
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Ok after fiddling around with the plunger for a while while trying to call people out I managed to got it to drain, though I still hear a bit of girgling, and the sump does not seem to be draining as well as it should (seems to be seeping into the ground rather then the drain). But at least now I'm free to flush the toilet and stuff. I'll run hot water to try to flush the line further in case there's some junk still in there.

Also I need to throw out my cheap face cloths, they produce WAY too much lint and think they were the culpit.

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Are you by chance on a septic system?, That would be a good size clog to back up as yours did.
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Nope, city sewer.
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Had this happen at my sister's house couple months back, after the water receded, we snaked out the line and then used a garden hose with a rag around the pipe inlet to force water down the line, of course they make a bladder to use instead of the rag but was what we had at the time.
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:26 PM   #6
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Were do you shove the hose, open up a cleanout and shove it in there, or through a toilet?
I filled the tub, kitchen sink and washroom sink and let it all drain at once + flushed the toilet, so I'm hoping that may of helped flush things out. I will probalby get the sump checked by a plumber as I don't know how or why it was affected, normally that goes through the city storm drain, not the sewer, but maybe mine just goes to the sewer.
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If your having a plumber check out the sump, have him snake the line or at least explain what happened and let him offer advise to you. Appears to all be connected, let them judge what needs to be done so you don't short change yourself.
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I'm having someone snake the line tomorrow. He looked at it quickly and he thinks it may be a grease problem. The pipes get greased up and no amount of water will ever flush that stuff and it just thickens. The lady that used to live here cooked a lot with grease so maybe she poured a lot of it down the drain too. There's actually a mini stack where the kitchen is and it's capped off - so bet she blocked that one real good and they had to reroute to the main stack.

Grease down a drain = bad.

All this also made me realize I should install a backflow valve, and a sump. The backflow valve would not have helped me in this particular situation but it would help in an backup from the city sewage. In my case it was a localized backup.
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Turns out there's not any grease, at least not to the extent the plumber thought. He cammed the whole line and said it's clear. So looks like I'm good to go. I just need to fix the cleanout on my stack since it's very leaky now that he opened it, I may have to break up the cement a bit. Worse comes to worse I'll just duct tape the whole thing.... to fix it properly I'd want to actually replace the whole stack as it's kinda small for a main. Might make a good winter project.

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