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Re: Plumbing issue
Wayne67vert #1366727 Sat Jun 27 2020 10:34 PM
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There are valves that sense water and shut off the supply but they're mostly designed for water heater leaks, residing in the pan below the water heater.
Here's one [wagsvalve.com].
They're a one-shot deal and you have to replace the cartridges, kind of like the self-inflating life jackets.


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Re: Plumbing issue
Wayne67vert #1366728 Sat Jun 27 2020 10:39 PM
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There are devices that can be installed on the main service line that will shut off the supply if it detects a lengthy leak. This Old House profiled several a while back.


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Re: Plumbing issue
Wayne67vert #1366736 Sun Jun 28 2020 12:02 AM
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Shut off the hot water when the wife is in the shower with a timer?
Now that would be fun, when I'm not home!

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Re: Plumbing issue
2-Ton #1366776 Sun Jun 28 2020 03:52 AM
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Originally Posted by 2-Ton
Shut off the hot water when the wife is in the shower with a timer?
Now that would be fun, when I'm not home!

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Re: Plumbing issue
Wayne67vert #1366778 Sun Jun 28 2020 04:27 AM
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Not sure how old your septic tank is but I know of many that never give problems. The one in our current house has been working since 1984 with no problems. If it is old it may help to have the tank pumped out to get rid of sediment which has built up but a septic tank operates on "full" all the time. Pump it out and it fills back up and drains.

Seems your problem may be in the drain field. If its old, it maybe some cracked terra cotter pipes broken and holding up the drain field. If you have trees, or some types of vegatation close by I have seen, and cleaned, many of the older ones by raising the lid and pulling "plugs" of vines from the drain line. If its a real old house there may be an exposed "end" at the line where you can run something "up" the line until it stops....then dig down and see what the problem is.

....another thing I've seen happen a few times is, even in newly built houses, some idiot filled the trenches and "bent" broke the line going from septic tank to the first junction box and it could drain down the lines?

If its fairly new, the the new type, I call them bee hives, drain lines should not be giving you a problem.
Find the root cause of the problem and a commode should run all day with no problem.


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Re: Plumbing issue
Wayne67vert #1366790 Sun Jun 28 2020 10:46 AM
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My house was built in 1971 and the only time I had a problem was when a drain line cracked. I had it dug up and an above-ground cleanout installed. I have mine pump every 3-5 years.


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Re: Plumbing issue
Wayne67vert #1366848 Sun Jun 28 2020 08:04 PM
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I think Alvin has hit the nail on the head. Your drainfield may be plugged and won't percolate into the ground fast enough to keep up with the running toilet.
Contrary to the cheap fix of replacing toilet tank innards, fixing a drainfield is going to be $$$$$. frown


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Re: Plumbing issue
Wayne67vert #1366861 Sun Jun 28 2020 09:23 PM
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A leach field replacement is big bucks, thousands of dollars. Solids getting into the field is the major cause of leach field failure by plugging it up. Pumping on a regular basis is cheap insurance. I pump ours every three years. On subject, when you've got expensive water like we do having a toilet valve that doesn't allow excess water to pass with a suck flapper valve is a real money saver.

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Re: Plumbing issue
Wayne67vert #1366862 Sun Jun 28 2020 09:27 PM
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I'm with Sweet on the FlushMate pressure system. At the old house, he replaced all three of our commodes with those and we installed two new ones here at the new place. Not one problem.

Our septic issue back at the farm was also an overflowing tank. Our system septic system there was installed in the mid-'70's. The issue was that the line between the tank and the distribution box was iron pipe. It corroded and sedimented and built up inside until it failed.


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