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KaarenStyles 09-20-2012 09:57 AM

Normal? Clogged Toilet connected to Shower & Sink
Last night my toilet would not flush fully. I believe it is my fault since I have been using medicated wipes very often (I now throw them in the garbage).

After the first 2 attempts to flush I gave up and took my shower. When I got out I tried again about 4 times, having to hold down the lever, the water filled up and then only slightly went down. I plunged and there was not much action, but I noticed when I plunged I could hear the water bubbling from the shower drain. I could even see the water from the shower drain moving!

I gave up again, washed my hands and when the water ran from the sink the toilet water bubbled! This is very strange as I thought they should not be connected.

Looking for a solution to unclog, is Drano ok? Should I be concerned and have a plumber come or does this sound normal?

Thanky ou for your time :thumbsup:

Alan 09-20-2012 10:02 AM

Drain-o is not ok, and it wont do anything to clear wipes.

Wipes are NOT ok to put down any drain. They may say flushable, but that's a sales gimmick.

Yes, all of your drains are connected, and it sounds like they're plugged up downstream of your sink and shower, which means when you use one and the line is full of water, the air is pushing itself back out the traps. (bubbles)

I think you need a pro for this one.

Sorry. :(

KaarenStyles 09-20-2012 10:10 AM

If I Drano the sink and/or shower instead of the toilet could that help?

Alan 09-20-2012 12:08 PM


Originally Posted by KaarenStyles (Post 1013717)
If I Drano the sink and/or shower instead of the toilet could that help?

No. As I said, it sounds like the mainline is clogged. Doesn't matter where you put the draino, it's going to end up in the same spot, and I bet it wont break up the wipes.

Not to mention that stuff is really bad on the pipes AND, if you end up having to call a pro anyway, he's going to be really pissed if he has to get draino on his hands. (it's very caustic and it burns the skin, believe me. :furious: )

NHtransplant 09-20-2012 01:03 PM

You can try unclogging it yourself with a snake. Probably best to do that from the toilet, it will be easier to get it through since the pipe is wider there. Just get a 15' or so snake and give it a shot.
If you do call a professional that is what they will do and it will cost you $$$. Buy a snake at HD for $10-$15 and it could save you.

oh'mike 09-20-2012 06:24 PM

A snake large enough to clear the main line will not go through a toilet.

The toilet must be removed first--or better yet,see if there is a clean out plug---

ben's plumbing 09-20-2012 07:56 PM

sorry this is not a diy project...need electric eel ...danger roy robinison...:yes:

Alan 09-20-2012 08:41 PM

Don't remove the toilet if the line is still clogged, though. :eek:

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