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    Exclamation HELP! Clog or Septic? Backflow in tub!!!

    I am renting a house and the landlord is out of the country. We are getting what I assume is backflow into the tub and it comes in through toilet also. We do have a septic tank for starters.What causes this to happen is if we use the washer, sometimes the dishwasher, the upstairs toilet, when those waters try to drain the brown goo comes flowing furiously through the toilet and bathtub!! I have to say, it doesnt stink to my surprise. I also have to tell you, FYI, that while I was at my Mothers visiting very recently, my husband bought Kleenex for he and the boys to use(it was on sale he said!)and so my concern is thats what clogged things up. I CAN see the kleenex when things come bubblig into tub and toilet. So who shouldI be calling a setpic tank co. or roto rooter type co.? I went out and bought a snake, but the problem is where to use it. I tried the drain at washing machine but hit something..a lint trap?(is that right term? Then tried under the bathroom sink and again this time about eight inches in I hit something, but this time you could see all the brown goo on the snake when I pulled it out. We are in such a tight financial situation as my husband got laid off. So need to make the right decisions in whom to call. I went to the county enviro health to get the "as" plans to see if I could locate the septic cover, but they didnt have any. I have searched and searched for the cover and cannot find it. I know where the tank is, can see even where the pipe comes out but NO cover. I just dont know what to do...we cant wash, bathe, and the rest we are afraid of too if you get the drift. Please some advise would be a life saver!! I am in Carnation,WA. Thanks, truly!
    Jamie

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    You need to contact the landlord wherever he/she may be!
    If I was sent to your house I would not be allowed to do anything without the landlords consent regardless of who was paying!

    A septic cleaner would be my first suggestion as they:
    1 tend to be less expensive than a "Rooter" named company
    2 usually will clean a tank if needed or rod the line from the tank back to the house if needed
    3 Rooter named companies often do not clean septic tanks.
    4 will usually easily find the tank.

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    Well I have a dilemma then, as he is in England. I have no way to contact him. Any idea what to do? Thanks for your response!
    Jamie

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    If he has an email address, he can check it over there as easy as over here.
    You might get a response that way.Tell him its an emergency and explain
    the problem.

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    Your Husband Needs To Dig Up Tank They Do Not Always Come To The Surface ! !

    Try To Expose The Bottom End Of The Tank Where The Out Flow Goes Open The Lid In Washington State They Are Required To Have Filter Installed In Tank Outlet ! !
    You May See A Little Plastic Handle Or Make Yourself Sometype Of Hook To Reach Inside The Outlet Tee Pull Up Many Times That Will Clear Blocadge

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    When You Have Filter Out Take Out On Yard Somewhere And Use Garden Hose To Rinse Off Then Reinstall ! ! Must Have In Outlet Tee

    If The Water Level Is Down At That End Then Dig Up The Inlet End Open Lid You Will Find A Tee Inlet And That Is Where The Blockadge Is.
    If Lifting The Outlet Filter And Clearing The Inlet Baffle Does Not Solve Problem And Still Backing Up Inside, Then Call Rooter Drain Cleaning Co. Many Times They Are Cheaper Then A Regular Plumbing Co. Charges.

    If Tank Is Full Call Out A Pumper Co.


    But Many, Many, Many, Times I Have Cleared By Steps #1 Or #2

    At 125.00 To 155.00 Dollars Per Call Out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MACPLUMB 777 View Post
    Try To Expose The Bottom End Of The Tank Where The Out Flow Goes Open The Lid In Washington State They Are Required To Have Filter Installed In Tank Outlet ! !
    You May See A Little Plastic Handle Or Make Yourself Sometype Of Hook To Reach Inside The Outlet Tee Pull Up Many Times That Will Clear Blocadge
    Wow! Washington State must have been very ambitious when they passed that law. Every tank in the whole state has been upgraded or, retrofited with and outlet filter? I would imagine that contractors came from every state around for that bonanza! Here some tanks have them and some tanks don't it all depends on when they were installed.

    If they can'tfind the tank I can't possibly imagine them finding the outlet cover. Personally I'd dig the inlet cover to check that first if I was doing any digging.

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