The ole washer backup

Discussion in 'Drain Cleaning' started by thepostman, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. thepostman

    thepostman In the Trades

    Feb 22, 2014
    I have a bathroom and a laundry room that are next to each other. When the washer drains, the kitchen sink gurgles, then water backs up into the shower, then leaks from the toilet hole that I have poorly rigged with a cap.5 minutes later , water is gone from shower, but I have a floor to mop. You see this bathroom is unused. This bathroom also has a sink that is never used. The laundry room also has a sink that is never used. I have run a rented commercial snake from the toilet hole (it was the biggest and most conveinent hole) but it didn't seem to hit or unclog anything. The kitchen sink never backs up. The rest of the house does not back up. I ran a snake down the vents and they all went smooth. I understand I probably need to seal the cap I have on the toilet hole better. But this has this do it yourselfer climbing the walls.
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    You need to snake the washer drain.
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  4. Will Rogers Plumbing

    Will Rogers Plumbing Plumbing Contractor

    Oct 8, 2010
    Plumbing Contractor
    Moore, Ok
    The way you described it is your blockage is not on the secondary lines feeding the washer/kitchen, but further down the line. Snaking out the kitchen sink drains and through the washer standpipe will help, but you got something blocked further into the system or it would not be backing up into the shower.

    What size machine where you using to snake the lines?
  5. getth

    getth New Member

    Mar 13, 2014

    Thank you Terry, that help me.. :D
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2014
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