Clogged Toilet Question
September 17, 2010 7:51 AM Subscribe
I'm troubleshooting, DIY, a clogged toilet. Here's what is happening. What does it mean? (BTW, I have barely any experience with toilets, and while I have plumbed for a summer, I do not have any real knowledge of household plumbing).
posted by scunning to Home & Garden (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Our house has two bathrooms that are side-by-side, practically mirror images. Each bathroom has a bath, sink and toilet. Toilets in both are blocked. We have snaked both of them to the end of the snake that we own, but no luck. They are both with standing water and disgusting material, and plunging does nothing to clear the line.
When we run the faucet in either bathroom, the sinks do not back up. But, when we run the faucets, water bubbles will come up in the backed up toilets, and in one of the bathtubs, dirty water will come into the bathtub. It will not, though, come in through the second bathroom on the left (which has only a stand-up shower). Gradually, the water will go down, but in one of the toilets, it falls almost entirely, while in the other toilet, it stays about half full.
We are calling a plumber, but I also wanted help in knowing what it means when you have (a) a clogged toilet in two rooms, (b) that a regular snake does nothing to clear and (c) water bubbles coming up through the toilet when you turn on the faucet?
I cannot in my mind visualize why the faucet water would run fine, the toilet would be clogged, but the bubble would push through. I'm guessing that the water from the faucet is pushing air out of its way as it moves through the pipes, and rather than that air going ahead of the water force, the air is getting pushed back up through the toilet lines?
Finally, what information should I give the plumber? Is this probably something far beyond DIY?