Slow drain

Discussion in 'Drain Cleaning' started by tammyjo59, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. tammyjo59

    tammyjo59 New Member

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    We own a 1996 dbl wide mobile home, a few weeks ago the master bath started draining slowly.When the bath water is released there are large air bubbles in the toilet, and when the toilet is plunged water comes up in the sink. I took a small 1/4" snake on the roof vent and could only get to floor level with it before it hit something and wouldn't go any farther. A plumber came out pulled the toilet and snaked the line, that helped some, but not great, he then pulled the trap vent off the sink piping and everything works o.k., he said to buy a new trap vent, we did and it is back to the same thing.Works fine with it removed . Is my roof vent plugged and if so how do I clear it, I have heard of running a garden hose down it but the temps are below zero and I'm afraid I'll fill the vent pipe with water and it will freeze.
  2. tammyjo59

    tammyjo59 New Member

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    I just climbed on the roof with a 3/8 x 35' snake, the roof vent took the whole thing so I don't think its plugged, now I'm really baffled
  3. patrick88

    patrick88 Plumber

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    It is not a vent problem you need to snake the main drain. You should have a clean out just under the trailer. I would call a pro.
  4. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    Snakes available to homeowners usually are too small to clean serious clogs. That's why a professional is recommended. Please do not attempt to clear this with chemical drain openers. Not only do they not work, they create a hazardous condition for the plumber when you finally end up calling him. If you have already tried some chemical, tell the plumber what, how much, and when you used it.
  5. pmadtaylor

    pmadtaylor New Member

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    Do you have a septic? If so, how long have you had the septic and have you had it pumped? I had the same indicators you just mentioned and when the lid was removed from the septic, bingo...filled to the rim.
  6. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

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    plus baffel in your tank may be clogged. Check it out!
  7. tammyjo59

    tammyjo59 New Member

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    Yes we do have a septic, had it pumped 5 monthes ago, the other 2 bathrooms are working fine
  8. patrick88

    patrick88 Plumber

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    Pull the toilet and run a snake down that line. You need a snake made for 3" or larger pipe. You could just have a minor soft stoppage. I would also check the baffle at the septic inlet just to make sure.
  9. construct30

    construct30 New Member

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    The baffle at the inlet is a good bet. They get partly blocked off with deposits of soap, ect. and it looks like concrete. You will not be able to snake that, must be done at the top of the tank. I hope you have an access, if not grab a shovel. Put an access you will need it every now and then to clean that baffle. If you had it cleaned they should have cleaned the baffle, but maybe not.
  10. brownizs

    brownizs In the Trades

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    I used to get the same symptoms with the trailer that I lived in. Found out that during Winter, the way the pipe hung, it would freeze the water sitting in it, and cause stoppage for just that one bathroom. As soon as I insulated the pipe with wrap insulation, it started to drain properly in the winter.

    Can be anything as a block somewhere along the line to the other bathroom, or poor venting. A camera would work better for this to find out where the blockage is.
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