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Posted: 02/10/19 06:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bguy wrote:

The troublesome line may have too much grade. This will let the water run away from the solid. A second flush in succession may be the work around.
Sounds like the shower needs a connection closer to the vent stack.


Shower drain can be anywhere as long as it has a vent.
I always liked wet venting the toilet behind the toilet so when the shower is used it washes out the toitet


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I agree on having the line run with a camera. Obviously something is going on that isn't fixed by snaking. It could be that the solids are not making it to the main line, but without taking a look, you won't know for sure.

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I recommended to her to find a plumber with a camera to get to the root cause of the problem.

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Inspection camera view: (google image snip)

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We had something similar. When DW did laundry, the floor drain would back up during rinse cycle. The water would rise slowly and would also drain slowly.

We eventually had a specialty company come in to clean the drain. They found a few things. The first was a small plate from a children's tea set. The plate was acting like a butterfly valve, the plate was held in place by small, fine tree roots, similar to what downtheroad posted, but more so.

Once the drain was cleaned, a camera was used. It found that our drain was shifted from the city main sewer by almost half the diameter of our sewer line, effectively restricting our sewer line where it met the city's main.

Call in a company that is capable of steaming, augering your sewer line. Also check to see if they have a camera with recording capability. The recording will give you back up in case your line is off, due to poor installation or problem s with your council.


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Most of the items mentioned above merit consideration (based on some experience as a plumber and more experience as an infrequently-used cabin system owner) Quickest solution would be to run camera down the line to see what's going on.

One item not mentioned is (depending on where the "clog" if that's what it is) whether the line is too big. If the material is making it to the last run before the sewer main, that run might be a 4" pipe, which won't fill enough to wash solids if the only use is infrequent toilet flushing. If other fixtures in the house are regularly used, this type of problem is unlikely.

....but a camera snaking would be a good investment.


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This one kept backing up. Shoved a camera down 75' and couldent see used the locator to pin point and chopped up floor. Last pic is what was in pipe.


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Having come an entire family of plumbers (where did I go wrong?) The drop of the drain pipe has a lot to do with the water/waste you mention. Not enough drop and the water will fill the pipe until it slowly drains away. Too steep and the water will outrun the waste on their journey to the great beyond. That leaves the waste sitting there alone in the pipe until the next flood can push it further along. If the water is not forthcoming quick enough the waste can bond to the sides of the pipe. Ideally the waste/water should make the journey as a slug, traveling together. The code for this area is 1/8 inch per foot of fall.

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