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    Question septic back-up into shower

    I have a 28 yr. old 2 bath ranch home in Fl.. When I do a load of laundry, during the spin cycle the toilets bubble and now they started to back up into the shower. What is up? How do I fix this?

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    Default Re: septic back-up into shower

    If you have a septic tank have it inspected. If the pipes are clogged or collapsed in route to the tank you will have back up. You can check the flow by running your tub fully open and open the top cap of the septic tank and checking the flow

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    Default Re: septic back-up into shower

    In addition to what baumie said, when was the last time it was pumped. 3 to 4 years max is a good schedule, although it depends on the size & use.

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    Default Re: septic back-up into shower

    thank you for your replies. We had it pumped out in March of this yr. for the first time.

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    Default Re: septic back-up into shower

    Also washing generates waste water that will have fibers in it from the clothes, and many of these fibers will not break down. This can cause problems and clog field lines. You can install a filter to capture these fibers from washing and or a filter that filters all the waste water depending on your system. From what you have described it sounds like your septic is backing up as a result of a slow drain field. Also it may be your water usage in general. Washing generates a lot of water and a septic system need time to handle that water. If you put to much water in the system it could get backup up processing it. Try limiting you water usage when you wash clothes and only do like one wash cycle a day. Not sure if your running say load after load of clothes or something like that.

    Hope this helps.

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