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Getting desperate — 14 Comments

  1. I hope that you rope yourself to a tree or large bramble stalk just in case you are overcome by by H2S and collapse down the person-hole.

    What a way to go.

  2. Nice to know I'm not the only one who occasionally has to shove a garden hose up the end of the sewer pipe in order to clear up the blockage. The sure sign it needs to be done is when the downstairs toilet refuses to flush. Unfortunately it tends to happen in the dead of winter when the manhole cover, which is on the edge of the street, is basically inaccessible (snow, ice, snow plows, traffic, etc) so we end up traipsing to the upstairs bathroom in the wee hours of the morning until spring arrives.

    This year we finally decided that the downstairs loo is for liquid stuff only. Anything else requires a trip upstairs. So far, knock on head wood, it's working–so far.

    • In our case the toilet flushes apparently normally.  But when the flush is finished, the water level [+ contents] slowly starts to rise.  The bowl fills and just when you start panicking at the thought of a flood, it slowly sinks again.

      Surely gravity would cause an upstairs flush to magically reappear downstairs?  Unless they have separate feeds to the main?

      • Separate feeds is right. The upstairs toilet is sitting atop a a pipe with at least a 10 foot verticle drop to the sewer pipe below. This junction is located at the beginning of the main under the house. By the time the contents reach the other end of the house where the downstairs loo is it's picked up a whole lot of speed. The downstairs loo piping must of been designed by Bloody Stupid Johnson as the pipe drops down approximately 6 feet to the main (which is actually situated approximately 4 to 5 feet west of the actual downstairs toilet) but not before it takes 4 right angles to do so.

        Whatever comes blasting down the main from the upstairs toilet most likely ignores the downstairs piping out of complete disgust.

        The upstairs toilet continues to flush okay even though the end of the main is blocked probably because there’s a whole lot of pipe to fill before the upstairs toilet starts having problems.

  3. My last employer decided to jump on that "Green" bandwagon and had all toilets replaced with those "low flow" jobs. I get the point, but for some of us low flow just defeats the purpose if you have to flush more than once to get the job done.  

    • We had a bathroom overhaul a few years ago that included one of those "low flow" jobs.  That's when the problem started as there is a ninety degree bend outside that needs a good swill to get any solids around the turn.  Fucking Greens!

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