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Old 02-26-2011, 10:26 PM   #1
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This morning we our bathroom floor was soaked and we noticed that anytime we flush 1 of the 2 bathrooms water seeps out from the toilet where it meets the floor(bathroom in the basement) and there is a separate pipe in the room behind the basement bathroom that foul smelling water backs up out of. I snaked that pipe with my snake/drill for all 25 feet that I have but it did nothing. I put a drain cleaner in the pipe and still nothing has changed so everytime we flush a toilet my basement bathroom gets soaked.....HELP PLEASE

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Time to either rent a big snake (3/4"x100') or if they seem to dangerous (and they are) call in the service plumber. i stay away from the big franchised rooter companies they tend to try to sell sewer line replacements. Sometimes that is what you need but usually not. If anybody tries to sell you a dig without running a camera down the line come back here for others input.

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Time to either rent a big snake (3/4"x100') or if they seem to dangerous (and they are) call in the service plumber. i stay away from the big franchised rooter companies they tend to try to sell sewer line replacements. Sometimes that is what you need but usually not. If anybody tries to sell you a dig without running a camera down the line come back here for others input.
...and if they do run a camera down the line, tell them you'd like a copy of the video. Upload it to YouTube and share it with us.

I wouldn't go as far as to say the big "franchised" rooter companies are all bad. Some of the "technicians" however, will take full advantage of your situation. Sometimes exaggerating a problem to up-sell. They're typically paid commissions. So turning a $300 job into a 5 or $8K excavation makes for a pretty good day. Likewise, I've heard nightmare stories of technicians (crooks) using the same video over and over to sell excavation jobs.

Nevertheless, a camera down the line will give you the information you need to determine the appropriate solution; whether it's periodic maintenance with a cable or jetter, a spot repair, or line replacement.

Also a snake may not do the trick if the blockage is caused by a belly (low spot in the line). In that case a soft blockage would need to be cleared with a high pressure jetter.

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