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Thread #59418   Message #2302337
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
31-Mar-08 - 03:23 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
The layout of this house makes it easy to imagine what it looks like without the walls and doorways. Visualize a capital 'T'. The concrete pad has two bathrooms (both aligned with the right side of the top of the T) and a kitchen sink in addition to the laundry room (bottom of the T). The drain out to the sewer is at the front (left hand side of the top of the T). The plumber who did this last time pointed out that I'd planted a tree on top of the sewer line. I moved the tree that very week, because it was small enough I could still do it. Fingers crossed it isn't the tree roots.

I paced out the distance from my washer to the intersection with the bathroom pipes. And I've been thinking about how water flows.

The two bathrooms don't have a blockage problem. I run baths and my son does showers and the water drains fine at the normal rate of drainage.

The washer is about the same distance from the sewer connection outside as the nearest bathroom. The water doesn't stop completely, it doesn't drain fast enough. The washer pushes water down the drain, it doesn't gravity feed, and the slow drainage somewhere a number of feet away means it backs up in the pipes. This line shares the kitchen sink drain. I don't run food down it often and I use hot water and soap to break up any grease before it goes down the drain.

I think the line from the sewer access back into the house has potential as a portal, but it's second on my list to try, because the snake would have to make a right turn and it is more likely to keep going along the top of the T straight past that intersection and head for the bathrooms. Hmmmm. If I try that and it works, then I don't have to get a longer snake. So maybe it needs to go on the top of the list. Let me get my moon suit before I open that clean out.