Plumbing in the Home/TOILET NOT FLUSHING


I had a bathroom without a toilet. Drain was clogged so I used a wet/dry vacuum to pull out the junk after snaking it. Used garden hose down the drain and water drained well. Rinsed toilet bowl with garden hose to ensure water ran through. Installed toilet with new ring. Installed the tank, flushed and the water backsup and drains slowly. Used auger, hot water and still won't drain properly. What can I do?

Hey Magy,
Not sure I can help on this question but here goes, my first thought is are you on a septic tank?  If so, it may need pumping out.  If not, second, how old is the main line that runs to the street and are there any tree roots in its path, if so you will need a professional plumber to come out and snake it with a heavy duty snake that will cut thru if your line has been broken and repair any damage that has been done, this one is not good and will cost you.  Third, locate your vent and make sure it is clear, with out proper vent it will so affect everything. It seems that you have tried almost everything else and it maybe that when you snaked it, you just fell short of reaching the actual blockage so I hope maybe something on this forum will help but try this, instead of sucking the line out, try blowing it and then sucking it.  This may help move it enough to free it but if the vent is clear and no bird has built  nest in it there has to be a major blockage that you are just not reaching.  Wish I could help more, good luck.

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