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 washer draining into toilet/tub
Author: ukoriginal (AZ)

HELP PLEASE!! I just purchased a home (built in 1973, been empty for almost a year). We did laundry today and when the washer hit the spin cycle the water came up into the bathtubs and toilets. Since then whenever we flush the bowl overflows and no waste goes down. Takes about 30-45 mins for the bowl to drain

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 Re: washer draining into toilet/tub
Author: mjb1962853 (NY)

Sounds like your main line to sewer or septic is blocked. Nothing you can do without a big drain auger and some experience on how to use it effectively. Don't waste any money on chemical drain cleaners. Call a local plumber to come out and fix your problem.

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 Re: washer draining into toilet/tub
Author: hj (AZ)

WE cannot help, because you need a plumber in your area, not one on the Internet. The first thing most people would have done was call the plumber, not rush to the Internet. It is not a panacea for all ills.

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 Re: washer draining into toilet/tub
Author: Wheelchair (IL)

Something occurred to the home's sewerline durning the year plus that the house sat idle. Things like this should have been revealed during the home inspection and "may" qualify for the warranty.

Your problem is a major restriction or blockage in the sewer line that requires professional intervention... a licensed plumber.

A licensed plumber has the knowledge, proper equipment and training to do the job in the least amount of time.

In the end, you and your family will have peace of mind and a sewer line that does what it was designed to do.....

Best Wishes

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 Re: washer draining into toilet/tub
Author: ukoriginal (AZ)

HJ: Thanks so much for your unnecessary comments. This happened at 10pm on a Sunday night. I "rushed" to the internet because I could not reach a plumber at that time. :disappointed:

To the others that answered - a sincere thanks. I figured I would need a professional but was hoping I could find a temporary fix so we could use the toilet while we waited!



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 Re: washer draining into toilet/tub
Author: hj (AZ)

It was not a "unnecessary" comment. It was reality. Here, you can get a plumber any time of the day or night, at a cost. But if you had called me,(I am in the phone book), and explained the situation, I WOULD have told you that you DO need a plumber, and that there was not likely to be any temporary solution, (well there could have been one under the right circumstances), and YOU could have decided whether you needed me right then, or the next day when it would be less expensive.



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 Re: washer draining into toilet/tub
Author: Wheelchair (IL)

Based on your original posting, you didn't provde enough information for anyone to assist you, as you didn't know exactly where in your sewerline the blockage had occurred. If it was only 3-5 feet into the line, I'm sure all would have tried to warn you of any dangers associated with opening a blocked sewer line which could contain human waste. We don't know how much training your have or the type of equipment you have at your disposal.... at the time.

Sometimes, when we (collectively) do not have all of the facts, it is most difficult to offer suggestions or advice without exposing the homeowner to certain dangers. I hope this explains some of the responses... I hope.

Where you able to contact a licensed plumber? What did they find?
Best Wishes

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