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Question DetailsAsked on 5/5/2017

my basement tub drains slow and the toilet has to be plunged every flush

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You have a partial blockage in your sewer line - because the toilet has to be plunged, sounds like pretty close to the toilet/tub because the normal 4" sewer line holds about 2/3 gallon per lineal foot, so a normal 3-5 gallon flush normally is held by a sewer line blocked further on.

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I would get this routed out ASAP - because not only can it block off almost totally potentially at the next toilet flush with solids, but flushing main/upper floor toilet or draining a tub might cause an overflow in the basement tub.

I also definitely would NOT use the clothes washer till routed out - it usually has the highest outflow rate so is normally the event which first causes backup into the low level drains - usually in tubs/showers or basement/garage floor drains.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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