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redman88 01-21-2013 06:11 PM

plumbing problem
 
okay i have some strange plumbing for my kitchen and laundry room. I have been using the washing machine for over a month now and it has just started to back up into the kitchen sink. any ideas how i can fix it.


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the elbow in the corner comes from the laundry.

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the black pipe might be an old waste line, but i don't know since the house came with washer and it was hooked up to the white pvc. there is a vent pipe on the roof but it come out above where a cabinet is.

joecaption 01-21-2013 06:15 PM

Can start by removing the caps and running a snake down the drains and down the open drain for the washer.

redman88 01-21-2013 06:23 PM

hmmm guess i could go find my snake. and see if i get anything. but i am still confused about the contraption of plumbing behind the washer.

dougp23 01-21-2013 06:35 PM

That is a strange looking bit of plumbing behind the washer. I hope the washer drain line is vented.

Someone who knows much more than me will weigh in soon. I wonder why your pipes go outside like that?

redman88 01-21-2013 06:40 PM

i think that strange bit of plumbing is some kind of vent.

TheEplumber 01-21-2013 07:05 PM

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Originally Posted by redman88 (Post 1098952)
i think that strange bit of plumbing is some kind of vent.

IMO it's an attempt at an island/loop vent. You could improve it by removing the plug and installing a studor vent in it's place.
In the mean time- cable the outside line. Sounds like you have a blockage downstream of the sink tie in.

redman88 01-21-2013 07:08 PM

well i will have to get a new snake the one i have is for toilets.

redman88 01-21-2013 07:11 PM

so a studor vent would be a good solution till i can get to remodeling that part of the house and installing a proper vent through the roof?

TheEplumber 01-21-2013 07:17 PM

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Originally Posted by redman88 (Post 1098985)
so a studor vent would be a good solution till i can get to remodeling that part of the house and installing a proper vent through the roof?

I think so. But if the washing machine is draining fine(without the blockage) then it may not help much.

redman88 01-21-2013 07:19 PM

i hear it gurgling in the kitchen sink when it is draining.

TheEplumber 01-21-2013 07:32 PM

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Originally Posted by redman88 (Post 1098994)
i hear it gurgling in the kitchen sink when it is draining.

I think your first move is to cable the line as far as you can using a 3/8 cable. After the line drains well without backing up to the sink- you can pull the clean out plug at the top of the loop and run a rinse cycle- see if that cures the gurgle. If so, stick a studor on it

jagans 01-21-2013 07:49 PM

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Wow! I guess his other job was maker of French Horns.

redman88 01-21-2013 08:10 PM

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Originally Posted by jagans (Post 1099017)
Wow! I guess his other job was maker of French Horns.


huh? i am lost.

profcolli 01-21-2013 09:08 PM

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Originally Posted by redman88 (Post 1099035)
huh? i am lost.

LOL, the french horn tubing is bent around like your plumbing :wink:

I hope your power outlet next to the laundry drain is on a GFCI circuit that close to the washer - hard to tell from the picture.

redman88 01-21-2013 09:42 PM

it it'self is not, but i think its off one of the ones in the kitchen. the electrical in the house needs lots more work. hence why i am planing on remodeling that room and most the rest.


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