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Old 08-24-2010, 12:18 PM   #16
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When you say mini-jetter, are you talking about the little bulb that goes on the end of the hose, shove it in, turn hose on? Is that safe for PVC?

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When you say mini-jetter, are you talking about the little bulb that goes on the end of the hose, shove it in, turn hose on? Is that safe for PVC?
no you're talking about a drain king/water bag. don't use one unless you're very careful. If multiple fixtures are contributing to the blockage, and there are vent pipes that are backed up as well, water will not be forced against the blockage it'll be forced up your sink/tub/roof. This is a jetter http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/KJ3000-Water-Jetter call some local companies and ask about pricing for it
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Durt, If your DW is draining ok and not backing up the basement shower I think your blockage is in the branch piping and not your mainline. You also said the basement FD is ok. Is that downstream from the shower? I think you need to use a mini jetter on the laundry/shower line. Or if you have a 3/8 cable, put a small bend in the first couple of inches. This will help scourer the pipe and grap lint/hair. If the pipe is sludged, if will act like a straw in a milkshake. Once you pull the cable out it will block again. A jetter will push the sludge away. Might get messy though.
I agree with TheEplumber. I'm curious however if you've recently changed brands of detergent or bought a new washing machine?

Some detergents foam/sud more than others and can block the top half of the pipe under the slab causing what you think is a blockage, but simply can't let air in.

If you've recently purchased a new washing machine, it may pump water out at a higher volume than your old one.

Maybe I missed it.. did you mention whether the laundry drain was 2"?
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Drain is 2", we have not changed detergents or gotten a new machine. Last night the upstairs bathtub was draining very slow, as well as the toilet. These are on a separate branch. I'm calling plumbers today to get prices.
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Drain is 2", we have not changed detergents or gotten a new machine. Last night the upstairs bathtub was draining very slow, as well as the toilet. These are on a separate branch. I'm calling plumbers today to get prices.
Sounds as though there's a blockage in the main somewhere if you have more than one drain acting slow, sluggish, or backing up. Trying to get pricing over the phone will be difficult because you don't know what the problem is, or you may have more than one problem. It will take a service technician to come out and diagnose the problem. Some may do that at no charge, others may charge you just to show up.
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So I am a first time homeowner for all of 2 months, and I have never called for this before. What kind of questions should I be asking them over the phone before picking one?
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So I am a first time homeowner for all of 2 months, and I have never called for this before. What kind of questions should I be asking them over the phone before picking one?
Before calling them, I'd check with your neighbors, friends, family, bbb, etc. for recommendations. A large franchised company, i.e. Mr. Rooter, Roto-Rooter, etc. may provide amazing service in one town and horrible service in another. Pricing, warranties, can also vary. Depends on the management and quality of technicians. A small local ma 'n pa type shop may provide more reasonable pricing, but may not have the resources to get out to your place right away. Again, do some research.

When you do make the phone call. Just explain the situation without going into too much detail. Ask them if they have a charge to come out and diagnose the problem? Is it hourly or by the job? Are there fuel charges? Do they also do jetting/hydro scrubbing? Do they have cameras?

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