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Is abandoned sewage pit hazardous?

Do not enter the pit. Without proper ventilation, old septic tanks (and this sounds not enough different to matter) are prone to collect gasses that will kill you (without you noticing. And the people ...
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Attempt to locate buried sewer line with melted snow?

I doubt that you could get enough heat into the sewer line to melt the snow on the surface. Even if it did, that would only give you a vague idea where the pipe run is, though it would be more ...
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Strange suction in toilet and sink, like a vacuum in the sewer pulling the water out

Even if someone was "working on the sewer lines with a vacuum" properly sized and functional vents would keep the traps from siphoning. So, you have vents which are not functioning as they ...
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Plumber got his sewer jetter hose stuck. Whose fault is it?

WOW! So you got a plumber to unclog a drain, he screwed up and got his hose stuck, then wanted to cut pipes to find it, then wanted you to pump the septic tank to see if they could find it there. WOW,...
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Attempt to locate buried sewer line with melted snow?

Tl;dr: physics says it's going to be very expensive. Lets run some extremely rough numbers. This is going to approximate a lower limit on the heat required - you're likely to need far more. I've ...
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How can I temporarily remedy root clogs in an inaccessible pipe?

Buy a snake and learn how to use it. You can buy a fairly decent main-line cable and motor unit from discount import tool retailers. A couple hundred bucks and some time to practice and learn will be ...
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What do I use for backfilling septic pipe leaving my home?

I'd use pea gravel, sand, or flowable fill. You want to avoid settling which could cause stress on the pipe and possibly break it or cause it to leak. So fill materials that need little to no ...
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Attempt to locate buried sewer line with melted snow?

I seriously doubt that running air from your heating system down a pipe 36" below grade in freezing weather will melt snow at grade level. Most counties, townships, etc., have phone numbers to ...
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Why does my basement utility sink that drains my washing machine stink?

I'm guessing that the white pipe you're referring to is the original drain for a washer. The extension piece fastened with duct tape might have been added because the washer draining caused some water ...
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Plumber got his sewer jetter hose stuck. Whose fault is it?

Unless they roll over when you tell them to pound sand (they should!) I'd try to get a quick consult with someone versed in the laws of your area. Maybe get a strongly worded letter from them on ...
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What are these two Sewer Pipes Coming up Out the Ground?

They are probably additional clean-out-points - my local inspector wants one every 50 feet (15 meters) along the line. But my comment that you should ask the people who put them in, who would know, ...
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Plumber got his sewer jetter hose stuck. Whose fault is it?

I do not think there are any lawyers here. But you have the evidence (the photo) IMHO: With it you can ask the plumber to pay for repairs and getting it out. Unless it is some cowboy, he has a license ...
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Attempt to locate buried sewer line with melted snow?

I recently had a plugged PVC sewer line and had to run a 100' snake down it. I was having trouble locating the cleanout downstream. So, I sent the snake down the line and ran it with someone else in ...
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Planting tree - hit sewer line?

Only 1 ft down, I doubt it's a sewer line. Yes they were made of clay in bygone days, but were required to be deeper, 18-24" typically because they are required to be a minimum of 12" below the FROST ...
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Sewer gas smell in replumbed old house

It turned out to be that there was no wax seal on the toilet. I hired a plumber who noticed that the toilet was wobbly and believed that a bad seal was the problem. It’s been a few weeks since he ...
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Strange suction in toilet and sink, like a vacuum in the sewer pulling the water out

Check your roof vent for obstructions (leaves, acorns, animals) by running a drain auger (snake) down the vent. If it's clear (open) it may be an undersized vent or one that isn't located properly.
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Can these concrete sewer clean out covers be safely removed

If you remove those, the cleanouts will end up buried in the mulch. And they are not labeled. The whole point of what you have there is that they are at/slightly above grade, clearly marked as what ...
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Persistent sewage smell coming from basement drain

My friend had a persistent sewer smell in the basement -- and it became so bad that it permeated the whole house to the point that she couldn't live there. This was in late summer of 2016. She had ...
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Need help identifying weird sized sewer pipe in older house

It could be Orangeburg (bituminized) pipe, which was used for decades up to the 70s. I'd remove as much as you can, and then use a shielded Fernco adapter (clamping steel and rubber), sized to the ...
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What's causing the sewer to back into the tub?

It turns out that there was a partial blockage in our drain between the DWV and the main sewer line. Because it was a partial blockage, some water could drain, but when there was a lot of water, and ...
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Planting tree - hit sewer line?

Clay has been used for a long time for sewer pipes - and for transporting water in general (google "clay sewer pipe California"). It could also be a drain tile installation - like a french drain. ...
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Snapped off screw on sewer vent cover

First, you can try to douse the area liberally with a penetrant to remove any rust and corrosion then grab the screw with a pair of locking pliers and twist it out. Rather than pliers, you can try to ...
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Sewer line repair - most cost effective method?

Pipe replacement is the most costly, but it's also the most permanent. There are (at least) two ways to replace the pipe, and you may not have considered the second method I'll mention. The ...
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Sewage smell from kitchen sink area

Your undersink setup is quite unusual. Normally you wouldn't see three independent P-traps. What's happening is that as your dishwasher drains its siphoning water out of the other traps. This allows ...
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How to seal these sewer clean outs?

A common approach is a rubber coupling (also called a "Fernco®" for the same reason adhesive bandages are called "Band-Aids®") Counter-intuitively, the last time I read the ...
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Can I Run Electrical Wire through sewage pipe/ vent

The answer is NO: electrical wire has to be used in an approved manner. UF is approved for direct burial and use in an approved wireway or other listed methods. a sewer pipe is not an approved method ...
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Can I connect a 90 degree tee to my plumbing that goes straight down?

Use two 90 degree sanitary tees for this, one for each sink. You'll never be able to unclog the drain with a tee as you've got it shown. If space is limited, you can use a double fixture fitting like ...
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How do I remove a bottle cap stuck 3 feet down a drain line

If the shop-vac suggestions in other answers don't do the trick, you may need to head to a local tool rental shop and pick up a commercial grade snake with a 1.5" head on it (to match the pipe ...
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Master bathroom sink sewer smell won't go away

I had the same issue. Same as you it was in my wife's sink only. the cure was 1/4 cup of bleach in the overflow hole and another 1/4 down the drain. Leave it all to work for an hour. Then rinse ...
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How can I temporarily remedy root clogs in an inaccessible pipe?

Have you considered doing part of the labour yourself for the permanent fix? If you can locate and safely dig down and around the sewer pipe (ie being sure there are no gas/water/electricity lines ...
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