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kyzzer2
Clogged Sewer Vent Stack

In our 70 year old home which we've owned for a 2yrs now we have found we have a clogged vent stack. It stared with gurgling noises from the toilet, and then sewer smell from the shower drain. We have had a professional come and try auguring it with a small auger (large is said to be dangerous)as well as a hose attachment with a high pressure output of water. Neither of these methods worked. Also I have physically tried to break through the clog.

Is there any method we have not tried to remove the clog short of putting a hole in the wall so the larger auger can be used?

Tom
Re: Clogged Sewer Vent Stack

Snake it from the roof. If your roof is walkable you can haul a smaller snake to the roof and snake it through the roof plumbing vent. If the roof is not walkable you can rent a lift and use the platform of the lift to get to the plumbing vent and snake it. I once had to repair a chimney on a lift on an unwalkable slate roof and it worked out perfectly.

dj1
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Your vent is probably full of debris, such as leaves and twigs, so trying to clear it from the top is what I would do first too.

kyzzer2
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Yes they did try to auger it from the roof. That did not work. What about from the ceal-out in the basement? Would that be worth trying? Quoted $500 to do that with no promises.

kyzzer2
Re: Clogged Sewer Vent Stack
dj1 wrote:

Your vent is probably full of debris, such as leaves and twigs, so trying to clear it from the top is what I would do first too.

Yes they did try to auger it from the roof. That did not work. What about from the ceal-out in the basement? Would that be worth trying? Quoted $500 to do that with no promises.

dj1
Re: Clogged Sewer Vent Stack

Before shelling out such a huge sum of money for a no promise clean out, try to do a camera inspection thru the roof vent. This will give you a clearer picture of what you are facing and where the problem is.

johnjh2o
Re: Clogged Sewer Vent Stack
kyzzer2 wrote:

In our 70 year old home which we've owned for a 2yrs now we have found we have a clogged vent stack. It stared with gurgling noises from the toilet, and then sewer smell from the shower drain. We have had a professional come and try auguring it with a small auger (large is said to be dangerous)as well as a hose attachment with a high pressure output of water. Neither of these methods worked. Also I have physically tried to break through the clog.

Is there any method we have not tried to remove the clog short of putting a hole in the wall so the larger auger can be used?

What makes you think it's the vent and not a main line stoppage?

John

kyzzer2
Re: Clogged Sewer Vent Stack
johnjh2o wrote:

What makes you think it's the vent and not a main line stoppage?

John

Because we can feel that it is clogged. Also we originally used hose water to clear it as told by a plumber, but the water filled the stack. Also we took the cap off the cleanout and no water came down. There just has to be some way of clearing this thing!!!!!

johnjh2o
Re: Clogged Sewer Vent Stack
kyzzer2 wrote:

Because we can feel that it is clogged. Also we originally used hose water to clear it as told by a plumber, but the water filled the stack. Also we took the cap off the cleanout and no water came down. There just has to be some way of clearing this thing!!!!!

If that's the case then there is no reason why it can't be cleared from the roof. It may take a larger power cable then the one you used. We run large cables through roof vents all the time to clear main stoppages when there is no clean out available.

John

kyzzer2
Re: Clogged Sewer Vent Stack
johnjh2o wrote:

If that's the case then there is no reason why it can't be cleared from the roof. It may take a larger power cable then the one you used. We run large cables through roof vents all the time to clear main stoppages when there is no clean out available.

John

Wanna come to Minnesota?:) They (as in about 6 plumbers) said it was too dangerous to use the large auger?

johnjh2o
Re: Clogged Sewer Vent Stack
kyzzer2 wrote:

Wanna come to Minnesota?:) They (as in about 6 plumbers) said it was too dangerous to use the large auger?

At this point I don't know what to tell you except maybe call a seventh plumber. They may have the wrong machine. Just what type of roof do you have? Is it walkable?
Take a look at this video.
http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/K60-Drain-Machine

John

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