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Question DetailsAsked on 2/3/2015

My laundry tub drain stopped working & now months later, my shower is backing up. Is a routing my only/best option?

I live in a ranch on a crawl space with a septic system. A few months back my laundry tub stopped draining. I snaked the drain and used a bottle of the line cleaner from the store, but it didn't help. I haven't called a plumber as we've kept up with laundry outside of the house and wasn't a top concern. This morning, as I concluded my shower, the drain backed up. When the toilet at the other end of the house (near the laundry tub) was flushed, the sink in bathroom with the shower gulped/gurgled and the shower drained. I then brushed my teeth in that sink and the shower started to gulp/gurgle. I turned on the shower for a moment to see if it was going to continue to drain or back up again. It backed up.
Twice a year, I flush the probiotic goo that my local hardware recommends for good septic balance.
I am guessing the two are related? Is a full system routing and camera inspection my only or best option?

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Lots of other similar questions with answers on clearing a partial sewer blockage - unless you have not had your septic system pumped in some time and it is backing up, which is another possibility. Several responses right below this answer - quite a few more on gurgling drains, sewer backup, etc in the Home > Plumbing link in Browse Projects at lower left.

Septic is contractor Search the List category for septic system care. Sewer and Drain Cleaning would be my category recommendation for sewer routing. I recommend asking if they will bring their sewer camera (color preferred) along, at no charge if not needed - most will. You have to ask in advance because most sewer cleaning companies only have one camera, not one on each truck. Then have the sewer full-diameter routed out, and if he detects significant hard debris in the pipe (broken pipe or rocks) or a place that feels like an offset or broken pipe or major roots, he has the camera along to run through the now-cleaned pipe to see what the issue is and to mark WHERE, for follow-up digging to fix it, as needed.

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