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 help!! - possible sewer back up
Author: e. lind (CA)

we have an open pipe in our backyard that runs directly to the sewer. I (stupidly) emptied part of our catbox into it. I noticed that it just sat there in a giant clump. I broke it up with a stick and it seems to not be backing up etc. Should I follow up with this; how would i know if i have a problem. water seems to be running thru fine now.



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 Re: help!! - possible sewer back up
Author: PlumberLoren (CA)

I would fill a 5 gallon bucket with water and flush the toilets and empty the bucket into the kitchen sink to get as much water as you can to flush the cat litter as best as you can. You should not have an open pipe connected to your sewer. Is it a drain for the surface around it?

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 Re: help!! - possible sewer back up
Author: e. lind (CA)

yes it is an open drain on the outside patio that goes straight to sewer (house is 100 years old) How many buckets worth should I do? (I can't really see any more litter at the bottom of the pipe) thanks so much for the help!!

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 Re: help!! - possible sewer back up
Author: e. lind (CA)

should I also pour buckets directly into the open pipe also?

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 Re: help!! - possible sewer back up
Author: packy (MA)

yes, pour into the open hole just as the flushing toilet water arrives.

a large amount of water flowing thru the pipe as fast as possible will kinda act like a pressure washer.

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 Re: help!! - possible sewer back up :clap:
Author: e. lind (CA)

thanks



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