Our house was built in 1936 and therefore retains a lot of character and quirkiness that new homes don’t have. By character and quirkiness I mean; bad wiring, busted heaters, leaking roofs, and clogged sewer lines. We’ve been dealing with that last unmentionable item recently and it hasn’t been pretty.
Similar to other communities, older neighborhoods in Los Angeles have issues with sewer lines becoming blocked and jammed with tree roots. This causes a backup into the overflow system which in our case happens to be located in the front yard right next to the front door.
A plumber (pipe snake specialist) was called in and the issue was resolved without spending a lot of money but eventually the pipes will have to be replaced. Fortunately our problem wasn’t as bad as these poor souls but seeing sewage in your front yard is never a good thing.
Tip: If after you flush you see the water return almost to the brim then you’ve got a blockage somewhere that could be beyond your toilet system.
Here are some suggestions for clearing your pipes before it’s too late. This video has some great advice as to what to look for when inspecting a house you may consider buying.