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Tolet problems

We are try to figure out if the problem we are having is a stopped up line or the septic pump needs pumping. There are 2 tolet, one upstairs one down stairs. When you flush the down stairs tolet- the bowl fills all the way with water, then it slowly glubs down to the level it stays at, but does take solids very well. When you flush the upstairs tolet the down stairs tolet empties all the way, Is it the septic or a clog??? Help!

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Posted 2012-06-04T20:46:58+0000  by yarren73 yarren73


Hi Yarren73,


Based on your description of the problem, it sounds like a clog in the waste vent system.


Every drain has a vent that leads to the roof level. This vent allows the air in the system to escape.

If the air is trapped in the system the water will not drain or drain slowly as the air seeps out.


For a good example of this, take a bottle of pop and turn it up side down, the soda doesn't flow easily it chug a lugs, as the air cannot easily enter the bottle to equalize the pressure.


That is the result when you flush the upstairs toilet. The extra water and waste forces the air out of the system and the water drains.


Have your plumber snake the system from the vent down to the main line. This will open up the vent and make sure there are no obstructions in the line.


While he is there have him check your septic system as well to assure there is no other issues.


I hope this helps solve your problem.



Posted 2012-06-04T21:24:26+0000  by Mike_HD_OC
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