Snaking a toilet line

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  1. Aug 9, 2018 #1

    veidtmeister

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    Im going to replace two toilets, and the downstairs toilet backs up half the time, and the upstairs does it less frequently, but it happens...
    I have two snakes, one small wire one that reels up into its holder, then I have a heavy duty, probably an 1 1/2 inch solid flat steel one..
    (That I picked up years ago somewhere???)

    I’m assuming the small one is for sinks etc, but I’m a little scared of sticking that large one down the toilet drain, cuz I have no idea what I’m doing...
    I think now would be the time to snake it, since the toilets will be out...
    Are there any good videos on how to snake a toilet line?
    Oh, and it’s septic......
    Any help or guidance is appreciated
     
  2. Aug 10, 2018 #2

    TomFOhio

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    If your not sure what you are doing it would probably be best to call a drain cleaning company. If you run that
    large cable in the line and go to the septic tank it could get tangled up in there. Let somebody do it for you and
    then you will know the lines are cleaned out right before you set the new toilets.
     
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    veidtmeister

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    I was afraid you were going to say that... we’ve lived here 14 years, and never had to have our septic pumped out....
    Could that be the issue? Or will they just say, oh yeah! That’s it, then when they pump it out, they’ll claim the Drains also need snaking or cleaning??
    I just would rather know what I’m facing so I don’t get double charged.
    I know little about septic
     
  4. Aug 11, 2018 at 3:53 PM #4

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    I don't have septic......but itslike anything else everything needs periodic preventative maintainance …….
     
  5. Aug 11, 2018 at 9:25 PM #5

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    When ever the main backs up or pushes debris into secondary lines one it is pumped out I would snake drains
     

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