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Water vent problems in bathroom

 
 
Reply Wed 11 Jan, 2012 08:53 am
Having some water draining problems that might be hard to describe, so hang with me. Whenever we run the bathroom sink for a while (not that you should, but as a test), we can hear the water begin to bubble up in the shower drain. Whenever we take long showers (again, not that we should), the water begins to build up in the base of the shower.

We know, due to some investigating earlier this year, that when renovations were done to our bathroom several years ago before we moved in, that the bathroom was improperly ventilated, but it was going to cost almost 10k to re-do all the piping in the bathroom. On some level, we know this and expect a small amount of draining problems because we know there's bad venting, but it seems to have gotten worse lately. The problem is just too expensive to fix, and definitely not worth it in our place, so we're hoping for a temporary solution, and that the next owner, with our full disclosure, will be willing to put up the money to fix everything.

My question is this - would a little liquid Drain-o help in the short term? Do I just have a clog?
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jan, 2012 09:00 am
What do you mean "improperly vented?"

You could have a plugged drain, but it really sounds like you need more air vents near your actual sink drains.

Look in your tub or sink. Is there an air vent in the bowl? or below the faucets in the tub?

The outside "stack" is another issue. It may be plugged with leaves or somehow plugged. Find it on the roof and check that out.

Best to get a plumber to check things out.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jan, 2012 12:51 pm
See if any of these solutions apply to your situation:

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Irishk
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jan, 2012 02:32 pm
@salemguy2012,
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Whenever we run the bathroom sink for a while (not that you should, but as a test), we can hear the water begin to bubble up in the shower drain. Whenever we take long showers (again, not that we should), the water begins to build up in the base of the shower.
We have the exact same problem in an upstairs bathroom. Running the sink faucet actually fills the bathtub!Shocked Very weird.

A temporary fix: A can of compressed air (with a long extension thingy) aimed into the bathtub drain.

None of the other stuff (Drano, vinegar/baking soda, etc.) worked to make it drain normally...and the compressed air fix only lasts a while. We probably need to get a plumber out to check the roof vent.

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edwardgordy
 
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Reply Fri 3 May, 2013 06:58 am
If you are facing any problem regarding water vent in bathroom then you should immediately consult with an experienced plumber to fix the problem as he has all the solution to solve water vent problem.
lucyralph
 
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Reply Sat 4 May, 2013 01:08 am
@edwardgordy,
I am agree with you if have this problem in your bathroom than you should change your Sensor faucets or consult with a good plumber.
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Jean Baptiste
 
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Reply Fri 17 May, 2013 08:08 pm
The problem in such a case becomes unpredictable to give solution until and unless looking at the situation personally. The issue of water dripping and false piping is different in most of the cases. So it is better to get the help of servicing company to avoid any sort of damage.
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RayEGarcia
 
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Reply Mon 8 Dec, 2014 12:23 am
It should be a problem caused by clog or your pipe have been got damaged somewhere.
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