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Thread: Main line clogged or venting issue

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    Default Main line clogged or venting issue

    Hey, I need some help. Here's whats going on. Two story house with toilets on main level and second floor. Both toilets don't flush or flush very slowly. I thought it was the main line, so I removed the main clean out plug and it was clear. So I left the cap off and flushed both toilets and they drained perfectly. So now I'm thinking it's a clogged vent. I also ran a snake down the main line 40ft and didn't hit anything. If I put the cap back on, the toilets don't flush again.

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    In that case you may have a vent problem, but you definitely have a sewer stoppage problem also. You just may need a longer snake.

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    Default I have similar problem. toilets slow and ...

    The toilets flush slowly, have to hold the handles down until finished for complete flush. Also noticed toilet gurgles while showering. What should I do? Not too handy with this sort of problem.
    Thanks,

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    You have a partly clogged drain. It's time to call a plumber to auger it. Do not use chemicals, they will not work and will cause a hazard for the plumber.

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    Default I have similar problem. toilets slow and ...

    Thanks, I will call a plumber. Hopefully not the line to the street! No digging is much preferred.

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    The only time a drain line has to be dug up is to repair or replace it. A clog is handled with a an auger. It does require a professional grade auger which is definitely not a DIY tool even if you could lay hands on one. The smaller size that are available for DIY usually are too small to be effective.

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    Thank you for the advice. Hopefully a more manageable solution. Glad not to anticipate digging project. Will call a plumber!
    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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