Back pressure on sewer, black "sand" coming up through shower drain, toilet "burps" when water is running, etc..

Greetings all and thanks in advance for anyone that takes the time to read and share ideas. I'm currently renting a house that I would like to buy at some point in the future. But I'm a little hesitant because the house is technically in a flood zone. The ground water level is quite high. I'm not sure if this fact is pertinent to what I'm seeing happening. My landlord has a plumber coming out tomorrow, so I was hoping to run what's going on by you all, and you can let me know what kind of questions I should be asking of this plumber. (Basically to find out if this is a major problem my landlord is going to try to fix with a band aid so to speak.) Here are the details I shared with the landlord this morning. By the way the house is in the midwest, it's a ranch house that has a slab (no basement) and again, I'm in a flood zone. My narrative.. Last week I was working from home on a day that was rainy (not storming, but rain had fallen). I did 3 loads of laundry over the course of the afternoon. Later that day I went in to the bedroom at the front of the house (next to the bathroom) and noticed in about 1/5 of the room the carpet was soaking wet. (Well beyond "damp".) I also noticed that it seemed like the water on the floor smelled like laundry detergent. (Which is far better than it smelling like feces or the like.) I also noted there is an access panel in the closet there. And that is where the water was flowing "from". I'm making a guess but I think this "area" is where the house is tying on to the sewer? (Why I am making that guess will be clearer in a few paragraphs.) I sponged up the water, ran a fan in that room for 3 or 4 days and all was fine. But we've had other issues this morning. I woke up at 3 AM today go to the bathroom (it was lightly raining outside at this time, which I also think may be important) and there was a dinner plate sized pool of water in the main bathroom. Water is seeping up from underneath the floor and is pushing up through the grout. I cleaned that up and didn't think much of it. Come 6 AM, there's another dinner plate sized pool of water in the main bathroom. I also noted there was no water in the toilet for some reason. I go and turn on the bathroom sink faucet to brush my teeth and the toilet starts "gurlgling". Basically if I run any water at this time, the waste/gray water is creating some sort of back pressure that is making the toilet gurgling and spit up I guess air that is trapped in the system? Alright, so next I decide to flush the toilet. The toilet fills up to the brim and doesn't go down. And at that point what I would describe as "black sand" blended with water (clean water? Rain water?) bubbles up from the drain in the shower. Basically at this point I can't run any "fresh" water as the house is just unable to push the waste water out, I'm guessing? So at this point the toilet was stuck completely full, and the bottom of the shower had a quarter inch of "black sand water" floating. Thankfully there is no odor to the "black sand water". I had to wait about 90 minutes this morning for the toilet to go down and and the tub drained so I could wash the "black sand" out of the shower. It rained last night, but not much. But I'm thinking there is a ton of water still "trapped" under and around the house? But I don't know how that impacts the sewer system? I'm assuming the washer issue from last week and the bathroom problems from today are the same issue. But I'm not sure. submitted by /u/Fuersty [link] [comments]

Greetings all and thanks in advance for anyone that takes the time to read and share ideas.

I'm currently renting a house that I would like to buy at some point in the future. But I'm a little hesitant because the house is technically in a flood zone. The ground water level is quite high. I'm not sure if this fact is pertinent to what I'm seeing happening. My landlord has a plumber coming out tomorrow, so I was hoping to run what's going on by you all, and you can let me know what kind of questions I should be asking of this plumber. (Basically to find out if this is a major problem my landlord is going to try to fix with a band aid so to speak.) Here are the details I shared with the landlord this morning.

By the way the house is in the midwest, it's a ranch house that has a slab (no basement) and again, I'm in a flood zone.

My narrative..

Last week I was working from home on a day that was rainy (not storming, but rain had fallen). I did 3 loads of laundry over the course of the afternoon. Later that day I went in to the bedroom at the front of the house (next to the bathroom) and noticed in about 1/5 of the room the carpet was soaking wet. (Well beyond "damp".) I also noticed that it seemed like the water on the floor smelled like laundry detergent. (Which is far better than it smelling like feces or the like.)

I also noted there is an access panel in the closet there. And that is where the water was flowing "from". I'm making a guess but I think this "area" is where the house is tying on to the sewer? (Why I am making that guess will be clearer in a few paragraphs.)

I sponged up the water, ran a fan in that room for 3 or 4 days and all was fine.

But we've had other issues this morning.

I woke up at 3 AM today go to the bathroom (it was lightly raining outside at this time, which I also think may be important) and there was a dinner plate sized pool of water in the main bathroom. Water is seeping up from underneath the floor and is pushing up through the grout. I cleaned that up and didn't think much of it.

Come 6 AM, there's another dinner plate sized pool of water in the main bathroom. I also noted there was no water in the toilet for some reason. I go and turn on the bathroom sink faucet to brush my teeth and the toilet starts "gurlgling". Basically if I run any water at this time, the waste/gray water is creating some sort of back pressure that is making the toilet gurgling and spit up I guess air that is trapped in the system?

Alright, so next I decide to flush the toilet. The toilet fills up to the brim and doesn't go down. And at that point what I would describe as "black sand" blended with water (clean water? Rain water?) bubbles up from the drain in the shower. Basically at this point I can't run any "fresh" water as the house is just unable to push the waste water out, I'm guessing?

So at this point the toilet was stuck completely full, and the bottom of the shower had a quarter inch of "black sand water" floating. Thankfully there is no odor to the "black sand water".

I had to wait about 90 minutes this morning for the toilet to go down and and the tub drained so I could wash the "black sand" out of the shower.

It rained last night, but not much. But I'm thinking there is a ton of water still "trapped" under and around the house? But I don't know how that impacts the sewer system? I'm assuming the washer issue from last week and the bathroom problems from today are the same issue. But I'm not sure.

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