Slow drainage

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When having a shower or doing laundry water backs up into bathtub & sinks gurgle & we have to wait for about 1 hour before we can flush toilet.

If we are not doing any of the above the toilet flushes just fine & the sinks drain good

Please advise with what you think I should do for a fix

I am on fixed income but if I have to I will get professional help for repairs

Thank-you in advance for your help


Answer ( 1 )

  1. You have a very common problem that happens to many people. It sounds like you’re having an issue with your main sewer line. It is not completely blocked yet but my guess would be that there is a blockage further down the line that is allowing some water through. When A lot of water goes down the line like a load of laundry, that pipe starts to fill up and it can take a while for all the water to drain out. If you start to try and use other things like a toilet, it will back up. To fix the problem, you need to have the line cleaned out, usually by a big sewer pipe cleaning machine. I would also recommend to Camera your line after to see what’s causing the problems to see if it can be prevented in the future.

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