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Old 11-07-2013, 06:36 AM
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I have one side of my house that's clogged up. Two toilets that feed to the same drain line are both backed up/slow drain.

I have a 25' pipe snake, Not the toilet specific one. I tried snaking from the vent pipes on the roof but didn't hit anything.

Can I put a normal straight pipe snake down the toilet? I think the clog is closer to the septic tank on the main drain line and can't reach it from the roof. I think from the toilet I'll be able to reach it.


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Old 11-07-2013, 01:04 PM
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There should be a "clean-out" access somewhere on the line between the toilets and the septic tank. That'll shorten the run you need to snake. If there's not a clean-out, then you can take one of the toilets out and go straight down the hole, or cut the line as close to the toilets as practical and install a clean-out.
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Old 11-07-2013, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by BoatP2Lee View Post
There should be a "clean-out" access somewhere on the line between the toilets and the septic tank. That'll shorten the run you need to snake. If there's not a clean-out, then you can take one of the toilets out and go straight down the hole, or cut the line as close to the toilets as practical and install a clean-out.
What he said...find the clean-out.

Also you might consider going to the hardware store and picking up a blow bag (at least that's what I always called it).

http://www.plumbingsupply.com/snake.html#clogbuster

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Old 11-07-2013, 03:10 PM
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Pull the toilet... if you pull a lower cleanout, you may dump the contents of that line. You want a head of water behind the stoppage so it'll wash it away when the snake hits it.
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Pull the toilet... if you pull a lower cleanout, you may dump the contents of that line. You want a head of water behind the stoppage so it'll wash it away when the snake hits it.
What he said ^^^^ Take the toilet off the floor and snake it out .don't go thru china toilet you will trash the vitreous coating. If you do find a clean out on the stack at a lower point tap on pipe and listen to see if full or empty. If you don't it could turn out to be a shitty situation.
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I don't know, I would still go for the cleanout based on what he said. If you have an idea of where your septic tank is, then start looking for a cleanout within 2 feet of the house. It may be covered with mulch or something. If your other drains are not having any problems, there should be no worries opening this trap. Then you can work the snake upline and see what happens. A lot easier than pulling the toilet.
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