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Question DetailsAsked on 6/29/2016

My kitchen sink and my washer and my bathroom tub are plugged up at same time what do i do.Everything else is worki

See my kitchen sink and the washer and the tub in hallway bathroom are plugged.The toilet and sink in that bathroom are fine. And the bathroom in my bathroom are working what do I do?

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Sounds like the toilet and basin are "downstream" of a blockage, and the tub, kitchen sink, and washer are "upstream". You need that branch line snaked through the section of pipe "downstream" of those three appliances (downstream as the water flows heading to the street/septic tank), because you have a blockage in your branch or a sewer pipe stack between the items that are working and the ones that are blocked.

Most common place for this to occur - probably where that branch line turns near-horizontal as it enters the ground/concrete slab and before it joins up with the branch the other working sources are on, though sometimes plugs randomly occur along the flat runs of the branches in the floors. Since toilet and sink in hallway are fine but tub is not, could be a blockage from the toilet backed up into the branch line and blocked off the upstream devices as well.

Certainly, when the blockage is presumed to be cleared by the snaking, have the drain cleaner guy check the flow by running washer and sink and tub discharging at the same time to be sure they flow free, because it is possible there is a partial blockage downstream of that toilet which promoted a partial blockage in the branch near the toilet - so you could have a downstream partial blockage which was actuallly the proximate cause of the one you know about.

Because some drains (and a toilet) are working fine, this is almost certainly a blockage inside the house drain plumbing, not between the house and the street/septic tank as that is almost always a single combined line - blockages in it cause a backup/overflow regardless of which drain the water is coming from. If water from only some sources causes backup, the blockage is within the household plumbing, and a snaking of that branch line serving those drains should take care of the problem.

Plumbers (Search the List category) take care of this, as do Sewer and Drain Cleaners (they are usually cheaper) or if a DIY'er you could probably do it - depending on whether there is a convenient properly located cleanout plug accessible, or he has to remove a toilet or disconnect a drain somewhere to get a snake into the line, could run from probably around or just under $100 in low-cost area with quick cleanout access, to more like $150 to maybe $200 in most cases though up to $200-300 range in some high-priced areas, especially if a toilet has to be removed for access - assuming of course the blockage is snakeable and not the rare case of some foreign object like a toy or a broken pipe, which of course costs more to remove or fix.

One other thing I recommend - if your main sewer line to septic/street has not been routed or jetted out in the past 10-15 years or so, you might consider the extra (on same trip) $100-200 commonly to have that done and a camera run at the same time, to clear out the buildup of grease and scum in the lines which reduce their diameter and cause a large percentage of blockages, and to inspect the line for damage/wear. With normal plastic or cast iron sewer line I recommend a mechanical scraper run with a router, with clay or asbestos or asphaltic pipe or worn through/deteriorated metal line a high-pressure jetting tool is safer for the pipe, but because many of them tend to skip places in the run I recommend using them ONLY if they have a camera so you can actually SEE that the entire line got cleaned as he pulls it back after the cleaning run.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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