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When I flush the toilet upstairs the toilet in the basement "burps". The water goes down the drain . What causes this? and how would I fix it

UPDATE Turns out it was tree roots. We tried renting a snake and chemicals to no avail. Call a plumber! 180$ but we spent that trying to fix it ourselves. If you Have To Do it yourself make sure you get the right tip for a snake. You need the "Y" shaped blade, not a hook.

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Most likely the vent is blocked. Like keeping your finger on a straw. The vent is the pipe that goes up to your roof. Maybe a bird nest or other critter.

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At this point it indicates a blockage in the pipes after the bottom pan
could be tree roots, waste, grease and fats from the kitchen /bath
try using a quality caustic soda product to destroy fats , waste and other organic material
other than that get in a plumber with a worm and cutter to remove build up/ roots from the pipe
if this problem is new in an established system it needs cleaning out but if is new in a new house , get a plumber to rectify the plumbing layout

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Toilet water spins but wont drain . not evn when you add water to tank, it just overflows then

if it is a normal toilet / sewerage system, then get yourself some caustic soda ( make up a solution with water) and at the first bend in the sewerage line outside the toilet, remove the inspection cap and pour the solution in the pipe ,replace the cap and wait around 1 hour
remove the cap and use a hose to put extra water in to move the build up
If you have trees in the yard near the sewerage line then forget the caustic soda but get in a plumber with a snake cutter to cut the roots of the tree/s that have blocked the pipe
if it is a septic system then have the tank pumped out
if it is a tank system like in a caravan then empty the tank

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Repairing A Clogged Sink Drain

With regular care, aclogged sink drain can be avoided. However, should this situation arise, tryclearing the drain with ordinary baking soda and vinegar. Use a plungerafterward to add air to the drain to clear it. This usually is the first lineof defense for clogged drains. If this doesn't clear the drain, you may needone of the chemical drain cleaners available in most hardware stores. Today,drain snakes are also available for household use. These can work to cleardrain up to 25 feet along pipe lengths. <br /> <br /> <a href="">plumber charlotte</a><br />

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How can I kill roots in a sewer pipe?

You can use chemical treatments, but they will not show immediate results. Recommend calling a plumber to cut the roots out, and then treat with a commercial product such as RootX. Here are some links about other treatments:

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My Glacier Bay toilet is clogged. I tried plunging, the hot water and dishwasher detergent trick, the baking soda and vinegar trick and even attempted to manually unclog it with my hand. I don't e

The clog must be down in the pipe a ways. You will have to remove the toilet from the floor and use a plumber's snake. It is not as hard as it sounds to do this, but it can be intimidating. Look up how-to videos on you-tube. You will need a new wax ring (when you put the toilet back) and you can rent an electric snake from a tool rental place. They will show you how to operate it. You might be able to get away with a hand-snake, but only if the clog is easy and kind of close. The electric snake might be overkill, but it will work even if you have tree roots causing the clog. Good luck!

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Lately after using basement shower, the toilet will gurgle and the water will drain. Also floor drain nearby will gurgle. What's up with that?

You have a blockage in you main drain for that area and will have clear it using a pipe snake,which is the quick fix but can cost about 100 bucks or you can try a drain cleaning chemical which may or may not work. you have to be careful with chemicals for many reasons such as they are poison, and smelly. the hard ware store may have a snake you can rent. hope this helps.

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My kitchen sink is stopped up and i cannot unplug it! I have tried everything from draino to acid to snakes...still doesn't work!!!

I've had a similar problem and used a full bottle of main drain cleaner. It's only available at hardware stores and stores like Lowes and Home Depot. It should work unless you have tree roots growing into the main drain.

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SUPER clogged drains

About all you could do is rent an electric snake and clear the main drain. The shower drain line (if you follow it) may also have a port to use a snake.

Good luck!


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