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Sewage backing up into bathtub and toilet, gurgling drain

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My tub didn't drain and black sand was in the tub. A few hours later the toilet started to gurgle. I plunged the toilet and few hours later the tub drained. I noticed when I drained the kitchen sink the toilet gurgled. The next day the washing machine drain overflowed.

I called the plumber and the main was routed out up to 25'. Everything drained fine.

Two weeks later the washer overflowed again. The plumber came back and routed out 75'. He said he couldn't go out any further. He hit something and thought it was the end of the sewer. Everything drained fine. The toilet/tub/kitchen all drained fine.

A few days later my washing machine overflowed again. Now I have sewage/sludge/ in my tub and toilet. Nothing is draining. I keep hearing air bubbling in the toilet and I have more sewage backing up into my toilet and tub.

This is an older home.
asked in Plumbing by don (120 points)
edited by darekrudy
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Hi Don,

I don’t know which one is it but you are either using private septic or city sewer. The sewer pipe between your home and whatever it is connected to appears to be clogged further away from your home than the plumbing rod can reach.

Once the plumber clears that section it is working fine until it fills up again with waste water and starts backing up into your plumbing fixtures.

If it’s not the sewer pipe problem it could be overflowing / malfunctioning septic tank (you’d need to find access to it), or some issue with the main sewer line at the street level (whatever you have). You’d need a plumber equipped with a video camera who can put it into the sewer pipe (after power rodding it) and determine what kind of an obstruction there is at 75’ depth or at wherever depth the rodding blade can reach.

If the main sewer line runs along or under the street there might be some access nearby and maybe it would be possible to get into that clogged sewer pipe from the other end.
answered by darekrudy (21,730 points)