Re: gurgle in pipes when washing machine runs
Posted by e-plumber on July 19, 2004 at 22:17:54:
In response to Re: gurgle in pipes when washing machine runs
: For about 3 months now, whenever we run our washing machine (in basement)we get a gurgle in the pipe going to our kitchen sink (1st floor). Often there is a mild sewer smell as well. I had the septic tank cleaned out and they also checked our outflow to the leach field. Everything regarding the septic system checks out ok. This never happens with the toilets, sink, or dishwasher. What could be the problem?

The washing machine drain and kitchen sink drain most likely share a common drain line. There is a clog or restriction in the line downstream of one of the fixtures, depending on the piping layout. Have the line snaked and cleaned out, while the plumber is there have him/her check the piping to make sure it's up to code; traps, vents, etc.

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