Toilet Backs Up Into Shower

My toilet backs up into the shower. I snaked both the shower and toilet, no help. I put drain cleaner now both, no help. I never use that part of house. The rest of the plumbing in my house is fine. It probably clogged right after the two join down into main line. The clean out is in front of the house by the kitchen. There is no problem there. Any help would be appreciated. Today the sink in that bathroom has water in the pipe. How can I get this clog out? If you snake a shower does it go down the main line?


By kathryn

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June 21, 20100 found this helpful
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Something is wrong, because your toilet and shower are two separate discharge lines.
Sewage (by law) has its own sewage line to the street. It is made differently than pipes that send washer, shower, sink water to the final spot where they join to send out, which should be outside the house, if done properly.
We recently had our 100 yr old house pipes smile for the camera as the did the system to see for potential issues. clean as a whistle and healthy pipes at that. Our sewer had frozen in 60 degree 3 day cold snap, but knowing via the camera it was not structural, was great. Cost us $200 to find it out. Insurance was pending on paying of what was found. If it had been bad pipes, they would not have covered as much. Many had issues similar, pent 3 days in a hotel till things got on a start back to normal.

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June 19, 20100 found this helpful

Call your city water and sewage to see if you have sewage insurance, they will tell you who to call that will not void your insurance. Good luck. It's about $100 to fix.

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June 19, 20100 found this helpful

We have septic tank no city sewer, only city water. Update, we rented 50 footer from home depot, snaked toilet, and outside roof vent 3 times each. Found no clog. We are hoping that the snake went into the main line but who knows. some guy at home depot said there is two parts to are septic tank and it has a filter. blah blah blah we have new drain field and keep septic tank pumped on regular basis. Please understand that it is the bathroom farthest from septic, we never use it, rarely, the 2 bathrooms we do use are closes to the septic tank and are not backing up.


The clean out value outside under kitchen window. Kitchen is closer to septic tank then the clogged ones. We feel it is clogged before the pipe that connects the kitchen to the main line. It is clogged right after the shower hits the main line.? Or it might not even be a clogged. The snake went all the way so i don't think it is broken anywhere. Could it be some other mysterious problem?

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June 20, 20100 found this helpful

Is it possible you could have roots growing in that part of you system? We have a city sewer line, but when every couple of years we will have the toilet back up into the tub & all over the floor. The plumber comes out & snakes the line & gets rid of the roots & it works fine for a couple more years. It's always worse in the spring when the trees start their new growing & I've learned to call him every spring to clean it before it floods my house! Anyway, just a thought,if you don't use that part of the house much, it could be possible there are roots growing if they found a way in?

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June 21, 20100 found this helpful

There are tree root products that should be used monthly in the problem drains. Follow instructions. Cost can be about $10 per month, I watch for the sales and pick up, apply to not have the problem.


Tree roots develop underground in the winter time when the tree tops are at rest for the winter. Makes for more active sewer issues in the winter/cold months.

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