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Question DetailsAsked on 12/28/2014

need help for cloged toilet and bathtub

toilet backing up in bathtub

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Sorry to hear of your problems, and right around winter holiday time too.


If toilet is backing up into bathtub, they are not clogged - the clog is in the sewer line somewhere downflow of both of them, but upflow of any drains further downflow - toilets, shower/tub, floor drain, etc which are NOT backing up. So - if this toilet/tub are NOT the most down-flow drains in the house, you have a clog in the sewer pipe in the house piping, and a Plumber or a Sewer Cleaning contractors (your Search the List categories) should be able to clear it out pretty easy - typically $100-200 range.


If these ARE the most downflow drains in the house - so there are no bathrooms or floor drains or laundry tubs (with open drain valves if so equipped) downflow of it, then could be in the house plumbing downflow from the problem area, or anywhere downstream of that to the street. In that case, because most plumbers do not have the long-reach drain cleaning machines to clear all the way to the street, I would be calling a Sewer Cleaning company. They also tend to respond quicker around weekends/holiday times.


My recommendation - rather than just have the clog broken up, if your sewer pipe has not been cleaned in the past 10-15 years, I would have him do a full-diameter routing with a scraper blade tip all the way to the street to remove the built-up soap scum, paper fiber, and grease which is ones of the major causes of sewer backups. Cost depends on whether he has to remove a toilet to do so (probably so in your case since backing up at toilet/tub) and distance to street, but typically $150-350 cost range - likely intop half of that in your case with toilet removal required. The peace of mind of having it routed out full-diameter will be worth it, and avoids the risk of reclogging real soon further down in the pipe, which can happen if you just clear the specific clog in the buried pipes but don't chase it all the way to the street. (Clogs in the elevated house piping usually can be snaked and cleared OK without chasing to the street, because you (typically) are not in the long low-slope portion which plugs up easier like you are with buried pipe).

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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