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 toilet and tub back up
Author: madpolsen (FL)

One of my tiolets almost overflows when flushed and then goes down to just a small amout of water in the bowl after a while. Also when taking a shower in this same bathroom the tub is draining very slowly. All other bathrooms are working fine. We have a septic and pump and well for the system. This bathroom is the farthest from the septic. The home is only 3 years old and the pipes also make a noise when we turn off any of the sinks. Any suggestions?

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 Re: toilet and tub back up
Author: e-plumber (NY)

You could have three separate issues:

- The toilet could have an obstruction in the trapway that a closet auger could clear up.

- The bathtub drain may need to be snaked and cleaned.

- The piping noise could be because of a few different reasons. What type of noise is it?

e-plumber
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"The society which scorns excellence in Plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an
exalted activity will have neither good Plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water." -
John William Gardner 10/8/1912 - 2/16/2002

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This slow drip will waste 7+ gallons of water per day.

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 Re: toilet and tub back up
Author: joint-runner (MA)

mmmm...$$.00 + $$.00 + $$.00 = $$$.00:clap:

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 Re: toilet and tub back up
Author: madpolsen (FL)

Thank You....the noise is like a bang then the pipes seem to rattle a bit. By the way, do you know how often a septic should be emptied?

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 Re: toilet and tub back up
Author: redwood (CT)

It depends on the size of the tank and how many people are on it and how they behave or not. When was it last done?



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 Re: toilet and tub back up
Author: e-plumber (NY)

Not too many septic tanks around here, none of my 1000+ clients have one.
As for the noise, it sounds like it could be caused by a quick closing fixture; like a ceramic stem faucet.
Try closing the faucets slowly and see if the noise stops.

e-plumber
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"The society which scorns excellence in Plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an
exalted activity will have neither good Plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water." -
John William Gardner 10/8/1912 - 2/16/2002

Repair your leaking Plumbing fixtures ASAP [www.theplumber.com]
This slow drip will waste 7+ gallons of water per day.

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 Re: toilet and tub back up
Author: madpolsen (FL)

Thanks for the replies. We moved in 3 years ago and it was new then so we haven't had the septic emptied yet. In regards to the banging noise when we turn off the faucet, it doesn't happen when we turn it off very softly.

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 Re: toilet and tub back up
Author: redwood (CT)

It would not be a bad idea to get the tank pumped out. The pumper should be able to tell you how good or bad you are loading the system and give you advice on frequency of maintenance. It may or may not be the problem. If he states that it was or, was not the problem determines what additional actions should be taken.

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