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  1. #1
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    Default Bathroom water "eruption" - any ideas why?

    My mother was running her washing machine yesterday evening and as went into its draining cycle, her sink, toilet, and shower erupted water.

    She had multiple plumbers come out today, and they've been unable to disclose what the possible issue is. They're suggesting that they jackhammer up the concrete in her bathroom to find the culprit, and tossing out "over $1000" loose quotes.

    Any clue what would have caused this issue?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Bathroom water "eruption" - any ideas why?

    If the water is backing up elsewhere in the house, that indicates that the drain system is unable to evacuate the waste water, at least not at the volume being supplied by the washing machine. This tells me that there is a restriction in the system that wasn't there before, which could be a waste blockage, tree roots, or collapsed line. Before any jack hammering occurs, I'd recommend hiring a plumber with a camera to send it down the lines for inspection. While this service isn't free, it's a darned sight better than needlessly demolishing something that is not the problem. It is possible that all that is necessary is an augering of the lines. Worst case scenario is the exact location of the blockage will be deduced without any unnecessary exploratory surgery which will cost far more to repair.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: Bathroom water "eruption" - any ideas why?

    Huge thanks, I've shared your information with her, I sure hope this helps save her some money and get to the root of the problem (no pun intended) in a cheaper, less invasive way.

    I'll share the end result here as well.

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    Default Re: Bathroom water "eruption" - any ideas why?

    A proper inspection as mentioned above is the way to go. A back up may be caused by a collapsed line or other blockage but it can also be caused by a blocked vent.

    Jack
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

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    Default Re: Bathroom water "eruption" - any ideas why?

    It turns out some of my mothers pipes collapsed, which is what caused the water to flow back up.

    She had her plumber look at the pipes, which prompted the city to become interested since her plumber thought the collapse might be on city land. After the city came out, they discovered that the collapsed pipe is not only on my mothers property, but underneath her current garage.

    Next step will be to go through the concrete and replace the pipes.

    Thanks everyone.

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    Default Re: Bathroom water "eruption" - any ideas why?

    Now aren't you glad you didn't let them jack hammer the bathroom?
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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