Re: Toilet overflowing
Posted by Damon Line on December 09, 2003 at 16:42:28:
In response to Re: Toilet overflowing
: : I have a two-story home. When we run water in a shower, sink, dishwasher or wash machine (all on the first or second floors) for any length of time, the toilet in the first floor bathroom begins to gurgle with air bubbles, then water from the drain pipe underneath the toilet backs up into the toilet and spills over on to the floor. I had a plumber to the house this afternoon and he said that our drain pipe out to the sewer is clogged and would have to be power rodded at a cost of $2000 or more. Does anyone have any thoughts on a cheaper fix? We're in the process of selling our home "as is" and don't want to spend much on repairs. Thanks.

: Damon,
: You may want a 2nd plumber to look at it.
: There are quite a few plumbers that will snake a line for less than $300

Terry,

Thanks for the suggestion. I had another plumber here today and he agreed that my problem is a clogged sewer drain pipe. He opened it up from inside my basement and tried to power rod it, but the pipe is more than 100 feet long, and his power rod coil is only 100 feet long. Of course, the blockage is out past 100 feet, so he said he would have to bring in a backhoe and dig a hole so he could install a clean-out fitting in the sewer drain pipe that would allow him to power rod the rest of the pipe all the way to the sewer. His quote was $1600 for the job. That's too much for us to spend at the moment, particularly since the home is being sold "as is" at an auction on Friday, so it looks like we're SOL. Nevertheless, we appreciate you answering our call for help. Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Damon


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