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Old 08-17-2015, 06:31 AM   #1
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Vent Issue


First other than intro post! I searched the forum a bit but I couldn't find anything that solved my problem.

Quick background, the house is a 1910 Victorian style home on a brick foundation. The plumbing vents all run up the side of the house to below grade. The problem happened when I was sitting on the porch and heard a water sound and after investigation saw that water was coming out of the vent about an inch above the soil. Someone was showering at the time, and it stopped after the shower stopped. The vent is cast iron at this point (it is PVC higher up from a replacement). The leak seems to be a bad connection from the underground pipe to the vent pipe.

I put some caulking to temporarily seal it but I don't expect that to last forever. My thoughts are to replace the vertical section from where it goes underground to higher up where it transitions into PVC. I'll dig out a bit around the pipe to make sure I get a good connection. Any tips? Also, is it normal for a vent like this to see water sometimes? I'll upload a picture or two later today when I get home if it'll help clarify my rambling if that'll help.
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welcome to the forum bleu.

Water should not be coming out of the vent pipe. You may have a partial blockage somewhere in the main line going to the city sewer system. Please post pics when you can so the plumbers have a better idea of what you're talking about. Thanks.

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As "jmon" speculated, you have a partial blockage in your sewer line. Snake the drains.
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Old 08-17-2015, 02:38 PM   #4
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Here's a few pictures. Shown is my flashing tape fix which is holding for now. As for snaking, should I disconnect at the PVC/iron joint and snake from there? And still replace the cast iron pipe down to the soil?
http://i.imgur.com/3hwNWYah.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/fipTXuFh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/xSH892Bh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/PgwN9E5h.jpg
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Do you know if you have a "house trap" down stream from that vent?
If so, it may have a blockage in it or further down stream in your yard.
You should not have sewage coming out the joints of the vent. It needs to be cabled. If this something you don't want to tackle, find a small local plumber to cable your sewer.
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The house trap is probably in the crawl space but I remember seeing it last time I was under there but I wasn't specifically looking out for it. I'm not super excited about the prospect of snaking sewer lines but I'll read up about it and decide this weekend if I'm properly motivated for the job. Is something like this in the super expensive range for a plumber?
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I'd guess a couple hundred- maybe more, maybe less.
Depends on accessibility, travel distance, and how serious the blockage is. Best to call for some estimates, hourly rates, etc.
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`Electrical mains around that iron vent,
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