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Old 02-06-2010, 07:28 AM   #1
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Large air bubbles in basement toilet


Hi,

If I run the clothes washer (in the basement) and run water in the bathtub (in the basement) at the same time, I get large air bubbles coming up from my toilet. I also have an issue with water entering my basement on the floor of the exterior wall of my 50 year old, newly renovated home. This water smells like sewer water, so I'm sure they are related events.

Thanks in advance for any help...

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Old 02-06-2010, 08:04 AM   #2
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Sounds like you are missing a vent pipe--Is this basement piping look like a professional install?

Hopefully you can trace the piping--------might be a plugged up vent .--Mike--

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Hi Mike,

I think you are right on. I am still troubleshooting in the "newbie" ways that I am. The tiolet bubbles and the water is entering the basement as the clothes washer is draining. My next step is to see what a vent pipe looks like and where to find it. There is definitely an air problem with this install. As far as professionally done??? The job is neat, but I think the previous home owner and his friends installed this system. I know there was no inspection done however...

Thanks Mike. If you have any more thoughts or estimated pricing I would love to hear them.
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Here is a previous post that shows a typical drain and vent set up--Hope it helps you get an idea of what should be there.--Mike--Reboot:small bathroom rough-in, Help please. - DIY Chatroom - DIY Home Improvement Forum
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If you do find a vent--look for -TRAPS--a vent must be able to drain--If they went up-then back down-then up again--Condensation will fill the low spot and create a blockage.
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Hi,

I believe I understand the problem and feel the need to share with the good people here.

There was a blockage leading out to the public right of way. Therefore the basement drainage system was under water. This underwater system found an abandoned section of drainage in the basement in which to leak. The rooter guys removed the blockage, the system appears to have drained, I have cut up the floor in the basement to remove the Y joint to the abandoned (troubled) section of the home and will replace with a straight section of conduit.

Thanks Mike!
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I didn't get a chance to post in time but I was going to say that you had a blockage in the main line somewhere. Vents rarely cause that kind of problem.

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