Unstopped upstairs tub now downstairs kitchen spewing debris. What's going on??

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Foogoo, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Foogoo

    Foogoo New Member

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    Hi everyone. I'm hoping you guys can help me wrap my head around what's happening with my situation and why.

    I recently purchased a condo and noticed the upstairs tub was completely stopped.I took apart the stopper and removed what appeared to be 10 years worth of hair and grime. The tub finally drained!

    I left for a day and when I returned, my kitchen sink (directly below the bathroom) was full of debris (sand, pebbles, etc.). I took apart the drain and it was completely impacted with similar debris. I snaked it to 25' to no avail. Now when the upstairs tub drains, debris and water will come up the kitchen drain. All other toilets and drains on both floors work fine. The kitchen drain also previously worked fine.

    Where is all this coming from? And why would only a few gallons flowing through the previously stopped upstairs tub unleash this torrent of junk? Unfortunately, I can't find the clean out and I'm fearing it's inside the wall of the garage below. Thanks.
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    If the tub and the kitchen are on the same stack, then the kitchen may need some serious drain cleaning. Not saying the removing the hair from the tub was responsible though.
  3. Foogoo

    Foogoo New Member

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    Thanks for the input. Can rooters be run directly from the drain? Or should they be run from the clean out? I'm debating whether I should try rooting from the drain or just wait for the plumber.
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    You "root" if from the closest access point to where it is stopped up, but we cannot tell you where that spot is in YOUR house.
  5. Foogoo

    Foogoo New Member

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    Thanks for the quick response. I couldn't tell you where that spot is either! I'll just wait for the plumber and this will give me an excuse to relax a day for once.
  6. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    If your house is older,, it may lack cleanouts, and thus the first access may be into the wall under the kitchen sink. THis can be a bit messy, but a good plumber will treat you right. The size of cable he can get in there will be limited, but at a mininum he can get the pipe open. Depending on what he finds, he may recommend getting into the larger pipe somehow .
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