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    Exclamation 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?

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    Default 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.

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    Default Re: Clogged Sewer Vent Stack

    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.

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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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dj1 View Post
    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyzzer2 View Post
    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

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    Default Re: Clogged Sewer Vent Stack

    Quote Originally Posted by johnjh2o View Post
    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!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyzzer2 View Post
    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnjh2o View Post
    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?

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