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Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by LauraMJ, May 6, 2010.

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  1. LauraMJ

    LauraMJ Administrator Thread Starter

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    So.......the last few days, the toilets have not been flushing well, and when someone takes a shower, the toilets and drains in both bathroom make constant burping noises the whole time. One night, after a lot of water usage, the toilets would not flush at all, and when we tried to plunge them, stinky stuff that smelled like the septic tank backed up into the tub and shower......eventually, after we left it alone for a while, it quit doing that and the toilets began flushing normally again, but taking a shower still causes burping in the drains all over the house BUT the water never backs up in the shower (and I take half an hour to shower). Hubby has been up under the house and removed and cleaned the traps in the black water lines and so far as we can determine, there is no actual clog anywhere, at least as far as we can follow the lines. Don't know about after they go into the ground.

    Anyone have any ideas as to what could be causing this? Would the septic tank being too full cause something like this?
     
  2. wacor

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    check the vents for a blockage

    could be a birds nest or something where the vents come thru the roof
     
  3. hewee

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    Take a water hose up on the roof with you and run water down the air vents to the drains.

    Where I was living we had a slow draining tub and it got to where taking a shower you was standing in water because it was not draining fast.
    The toilet would work OK but then not OK when you used to much paper and it was hard to deal with when plug up. Wait and try again and maybe later in the day or next day all was OK.
    This went on for a couple years and happen more and more and running water down the vents helped some times.
    But later found out the real trouble was the tree roots got into the drain line to the septic tank. It was cracked on top so dirt etc would fall into the drain and it take time for water to wash it away. Then you get a break and a week or when ever it happen again.

    Your out in the woods so bet you got things growing around the lines also unless you made sure not to have anything along the sewer line.
     
  4. jiml8

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    Probably a clog in the main drain.
     
  5. Koot

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    I agree - it's probably a clog in the main drain. Since numerous toilets and drains are all affected multiple vent pipes would have to be blocked ... which is highly doubtful. I suspect the Roto-Rooter man is what is needed.
     
  6. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Hehe....burping toilets.

    We had a sorta similar problem here. Whenever I'd run the washing machine (and sometimes when taking a shower), the toilet would "gurgle" and make blooping noises. Yes blooping. Like bubbling noises.
    And then finally when the washing machine ran, our toilet and tub both filled with dirty gray water.
    We ended up having a major clog in a one of the main pipes. Plumber had to snake it and use all kinda tools to get rid of it.
    It was pretty nasty. But it never happened again after that.
    Call a plumber or roto rooter.

    Otherwise, maybe your toilet just has gas :D
     
  7. hewee

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    What is cool now days is they can fish a camera down the sewer lines to see things.

    You know this place here the toilet sounds just like what Cheeseball81 said. It acts up also now and then so there could be something wrong.
     
  8. ngk0585

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    Call Roto rooter. OR - when was the last time you got the septic tank cleaned? If more than a couple of years, I'd call the septic people and get them to clean and fix the problem.
     
  9. LouCopits

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    We had burping toilets caused by blocked vent pipes up on the roof.
     
  10. LauraMJ

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    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!

    Cheeseball81.........yes, blooping.......that's it exactly. :D :D

    The septic tank has never been cleaned since we bought the place, about nine years ago. We are currently building a new house (log home) up here, and the county is requiring us to have the tank pumped before we can hook it all up to the new house this fall......so maybe we'll just go on and have that done now, since most seem to think it's a clog or full tank. We'll check the vents in the roof just in case, but if those are fine, Hubby says we'll just go on and have the septic cleaned out now, since it will have to be done in a couple of months, anyway.
     
  11. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Hehe, I know my bloops!
     
  12. jiml8

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    You'd better hope it's not a full tank, since that would imply that your leach lines are clogged. If they're clogged, you'll be digging them up...
     
  13. Bernardo

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    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.......dare I say anything here? :eek: :D
     
  14. LauraMJ

    LauraMJ Administrator Thread Starter

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    I suggest you quietly walk away. :D:D
     
  15. Bernardo

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    As to the question about the septic tank being too close to full.........yes, time to pump it, or drill baby drill as some folks would put it :p
     
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