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Blockage Repair What equipment do I need to clear a blockage in a private sewer?

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If a blockage does occur, then having something to hand to deal with it may save you time, money and inconvenience. A medium-sized hand plunger should cope with most blocked sinks. You should also have a spanner of the correct size to remove the trap underneath the sink. A set of drain rods should be sufficient to clear most blocked private sewers. If a blocked private sewer cannot be cleared by your use of the drain rods, then you will probably need the services of a sewer cleansing specialist.

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Clear fat from the kitchen drain gutters


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This tip will show you how to fix a slow tub drain. In my experience most slow shower and tub drains are caused by hair. Usually within reach of a wire hanger. Since you probably do not have all the proper tools, you must be careful not to damage your drain line.

The trickiest part with most shower drains, is the pop up assembly.Most times the hair is caught on the pop-up components. If you have a pop-up, check with your local hardware guy to show you how it works and is assembled. On a pop-up, you'll have to take the drain plug/cap off. have the cap in up position, and get your eyes below the cap rim, you will see a small set screw, a couple turns and cap should come off, do not take set screw all the way out. If you see hair on assembly after taking assembly out, remove the hair and run some water to see how your drain is working. If that does not fix your slow drain, you should stop there and call a plumber, because that means you blockage is further down the line then you'll be able to reach.

If you have no pop-up assembly. Untwist hanger, make as straight as possible, then with a pair of needle nose or any pliers you have, go about a half inch in from the hook side. Make a U bend, about the same size and shape of the end of a paper clip. Go in drain a inch and turn hanger in a circle trying to catch the hair blockage. Twist a couple times and pull back gently, do not push hanger in to far, you might break your pipe or the hanger may get caught in the p-trap or even worse drum-trap,(older houses tend to have drum-traps, I suggest not to even attempt to clear any blockage were a drum-trap is involved,call a plumber)

If its hair, you will see this black sludge looking hair ball that may make you sick. Don't worry you'll be happy when all is said and done, and you can shower without standing in your own filth. If its not hair, you probably have a more serious problem. Call a plumber and make sure your plumber gives free estimates.


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The smell is sewer gas coming back in the house from the sewer or septic tank ether from a dried out water trap in a floor or fixture drain, or from the roof vent, or a hole or separation in pipe or fitting. Like wax ring under toilet. First pore water down every drain to fill any trap that might have gone dry, then flush toilet or run washer or drain bath tub.This will displace gas in pipe and will cause the smell to increases if there is no smell then the problem is fixed if not check roof vent it may need a charcoal filter on top, There is no water trap on air vent on roof and is an open hole to the sewer or septic, The heating system in the winter or AC in summer will draw the gas inside from the vent.If it is the vent you should be able to smell it from outside. If all tests fails You will need to have a smoke test done. A smoker is set up outside and the line is filled with smoke and will show where gas is coming from. Also it might be a good ideal to check all gas fittings in case it is a gas leak.

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To install a drain through the DIY technique can be tough, provided you have all the tools and equipment to perform the task. However, do not take risk with such a volatile thing and instead call a professional plumber, who are the expertise and the tools to install your drain. Residentail plumbers are always very handy with general plumbing, drain line and sewer line installation, repair and replacement.

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Bathroom sink smells strongly like sewer when water runs fast.


Suppose you plugged the drain of the sink and filled the basin with water, then removed the plug. I must think that only after the basin empties you would get the sewer smell, and the smell would persist until you slowly ran some more water. If you try this, and this is the result, then the problem is that the sewer vent (that is supposed to prevent the water in the trap under the sink from being sucked down the drain) is not working right. If this is a new problem then you may be able to clear what is probably a blocked vent pipe. If this bathroom has always had this problem, then you have a poorly designed or executed vent pipe setup that you can only fix it with some surgery to your plumbing. However, to clean the vent you can try pouring a good bit of drain cleaner down the vent pipe on the roof, followed by water. But because there may be several vent pipes sharing the same vent stack out the roof, the drain cleaner may not get to your blockage and may simply go down a different path. Good luck.

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sounds to me like you have a major clog in the waste pipe leading to the town sewer. If you have access to the cleanout for this pipe you should snake out the line to clear the clog. If you cannot do this then Roto-Rooter can certainly help. You do not want waste water to keep entering your yard as Im sure you are aware of health issues involved. good luck

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I had my drain snaked out and a camera put in to see if there was a problem, I was told the pipe must be cracked although he said he could not get the camera all the way down. After snaking out roots and...


Did you see them pull out the roots? The camera has become a sale tool that makes a great deal of money. If I were you I would sit on the job and not do anything right now.

If and when it stops up again you need to watch them work. Check the cable they are going to use and make sure there are not roots on the cable from an other job. Then watch them run the cable if they dont pull back roots. You dont have roots.

If they do pull back roots then you must chose to kive with the cost of snaking out the line lets say every year or 6 months. If that the case you need to ask your self how long am I going to stay here,

It might be cheaper to clean the drain out for 200.00 than to spent 10.000.00 for a new line.

I am not saying that 10.000.00 dollars is your number depending what state you live in will control the cost.

But a rule of thumb would be anywhere from 100.00 per foot to 200.00 per foot. Get 3 prices you can do that over the phone. Just ask the guy who you are talking to now and ask him or her " how long of a run is it?" so then you have your footage the ask him his price per foot.

Best of luck Dont get taken and if you replace the line tell them you want a permit and a copy of it and the inspection card.

Best of luck RJ

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Every 3 months we are having to rod our drains what seems to be a blockage .We live on the end of a row of 5 houses we noticed after clearing blockage the water didn,t really drain away very quickly we...


I know if the problem is due to waste back-draining you may need a more powerful pump and a check valve installed in front (Pit-side) of the uphill pipe. This is not a real bad job to do if you are somewhat mechanically inclined. I would start by locating the pipe and uncovering it to see what is present. Even if you have a check valve installed I would replace it! I hope this helps if I can be of any more assistance let me know!

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J

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Sewer Gas Smell Coming From Bath Tub


I can think of two possible solutions to this issue.

  1. The trap is installed incorrectly. The trap is the portion of the drain that is U shaped under the tub. The wastewater must come out of the tub and into the trap. From the trap it goes into the trap arm which must remain horizontal until it reaches the vent. This is very important. The vent must remain vertical until it is at least 6" above the rim of the tub.
  2. The sewer could be plugged. Not the tub but the main sewer line. When this occurs the water has no where to go so it forces the air in the line to take the path of least resistance and that usually menas the tub since the shower has a 2" trap. You may hear a bubbling sound when flushing. The drain may not be completely plugged so it would appear as an intermittent problem.
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# Regularly remove any hairs that get trapped in the waste plug hole. # Keep small objects such as combs, medicine bottles and toilet rolls away from places where they could accidentally fall into the toilet. # Regularly flush the wash basin and bath or shower pipe work with hot water and a disinfectant to clear soap residue and prevent build up over time. # Don’t flush away large and disposable items such as sanitary towels, nappies or product wrapping as they can become caught in the drainage pipe. # Do not dispose of waste food scraps and cuttings down the kitchen sink. These are much better composted. If any items do fall into the sink pull the vegetable material out of the plug hole, do not try to poke through as you could impact the blockage making it harder to remove. # Never dispose of cooking fats down the drain system. As they hit cold water they will solidify. If there is absolutely no alternative you should dilute and emulsify the fats by mixing them with hot water and of detergent. Keep the water running for a minute after you have done this to keep a clear water flow. # For complete peace of mind, particularly if you are running a business you can request a regular drain surveys and get your drainage system checked regularly by a CCTV drain inspection service. This will give early warning of any potential blockages and also enables you to keep an eye on the structural condition of the drainage pipe work.

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