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Question DetailsAsked on 1/23/2016

how expensive is it to fix my plumbing. Its backed up into both bathrooms

my husband has narrowed the blockage down. It's not actually in either bathroom. The trap outside is clean.The water is now backed up though into both tubs and toilets.

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You say the "trap" outside is clean - hopefully you mean a cleanout or the septic tank or septic well/pit, because there should definitely not be a "trap" outside.

Sounds like you have a blockage in the sewer line - you did not say where he narrowed it to, but if you mean it is backed up in the house but not at the outside cleanout, then blockage is in the line between the most downstream backed-up fixture and the cleanout - commonly in the sewer pipe right after it goes underground (which can be at the foundation or where it enters a concrete slab) because at that point it goes from a significant drop to a fairly flat run, so debris tends to accumulate there.

A Plumbing - Drain Cleaning or Sewer and Drain Cleaning (or is it Drain and Sewer) contractor can do this - snaking by a plumber might clear it out, or if sewer line has not been routed out in the past 10-15 years I would recommned a sewer cleaner using a full diameter scraper head (except with aspestos, asphaltic, clay, or very old eroded cast iron sewer pipe in which case a jetting system WITH camera so you can see, as it pulls back, that it has actually cleaned the accumulation of soap scum, grease, and fiber that tends to reduce the pipe inside diameter over the years. Simple snaking typically $75-150, routing all the way to the street or septic tank typically more like $200-400 depending on length of run (generally not more than $300 with two entry points - one inside house at internal cleanout or removed toilet, one at cleanout) and each run not over 100 feet.

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