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Bud, we have a split-level house built in the late 50's with

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Hi Bud, we have a split-level house built in the late 50's with one bathroom upstairs (tub, toilet, 1 sink) and one downstairs (shower, 1 sink, toilet). The downstairs toilet is splashing up water when the upstairs one is flushed. There is also sometimes loud gurgling in the kitchen double-sink drain when the washing machine drains out, and the upstairs shower is draining a little slowly. We rarely use the downstairs shower, but I just tested it and it is also draining slowly. As far as I can tell we have 3 vent pipes on the roof - 1 narrow one above the tub, 1 wide one above the toilets, and 1 narrow one above the kitchen sink. Can you advise as to whether you think this is a main drain problem, or something else?
Thank you! Jennifer in Northern NJ
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

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Vents rarely plug up. I'd suspect a main line stoppage (maybe a partial one). The first ting to try would be to snake out the main line. This job is best left to a pro. You could rent a power snake but a drain cleaning service (less money than a plumber) will usually snake the line for not a lot more than it costs to rent the equipment. And it's a rotten messy job anyway.