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Hello I'm Mike. I'll be glad to help you with this issue.
give me a minute to read you question please
Ok. Sounds to me like you have a partial main line blockage
Can we fix it ourselves or do we need one of you guys?
The leaking around the joint will happen when a line is clogged because the line is under pressure from the blockage
Is it outside or inside?
you could rent a sewer machine and clean the line yourself, but its a messy job and by the time you pay to rent the machine and spend the time doing it... you may be better off to call in a pro to take care of it for you
you would probably have to pull the toilet and run the snake in from there
unless you have a sewer cleanout with access to that part of the line
There is a clean out in the basement
have you opened it to see if the line is holding water?
Not yet. We are waiting borrow tools tomorrow.
ok. must warn you before you open it... it could be under pressure if the line is blocked....so when you do open it sewer may go everywhere
like I said... may be a job for a pro who deals with these type situations everyday
Neighbor mentioned vent stack may be partially plugged. We just had alot of leave fall
How much does that usually cost?
Just a rough estimate please
A clogged vent could be an issue here, but i doubt it
where do you live?
cleveland ohio...septic system is 40 years old.
my dad had one where the cast iron pipe to the system corroded completely shut. It was a mess.
not sure what the going rate is there. should be a job that would take less then an hour since you have the clean out. So I would say an hours labor and possibly a sewer machine charge
Your best bet would be to call around and get a few estimates over the phone
is a company like roto rooter any good or would you suggest someone else
I would recommend a smaller local company maybe a mom and pop type company
i would even ask the neighbors who they use
so you don't think it's any worse than that?
we were worried about a collapsed line or something.
i just had another expert who is close to where you live tell me the going rate in that area was around 140- 180
the only way to determine if you had a collapsed line would be to video inspect the line
i'm guessing that would cost a bunch.
you said in your question where the pvc tied into the cast iron was leaking. where is the pvc going?
camera is usually 200-300
below the downstairs toilet to the cast
and the cast is going out to the tank?
toilet to plastic to cast to tank
if you had an issue with the main for the entire house.... everything would be affected.
there are two lines that go outside
since its just this one bathroom giving you the problem, I think its just a partial line blockage
keep in mind im operating in the dark here
do you know why there would be two lines going outside?
without being on scene i cant say for sure
has the house been added on to?
one line could be for sewer the other line could be for ground water
do you have a floor drain or ground water sump in the basement?
I know. I've used this site for several different issues in the past and you guys are all great. It gives us a direction to head in. You probably right on the second line, there is a sump pump.
ok. then the second line is most likely for the sump
Well, Mr. Mike you have been very helpful. Now all I have to do is convince my man that this is NOT a do-it-yourselfer...any advice on that front..LOL
Im not gonna touch that one....LOL!
You have a great night...I'm going to hit accept and call it a night. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
if he does decide to tackle it tell him to put on his scuba gear...lol
Thank you so much for the question, and I hope all goes well for you