We had a plumber come this afternoon and he got roots out of the line. We are ok now. They were worms, not millipedes. They didn't climb up the pipes, They basically backwashed up. The plumber said they were nothing to worry about! They were just eating "crap"! Sorry about that. Thanks again!
Clogged tubs, toilets, and worms, oh my!
Today, our tubs and toilets stopped up after my daughter flushed an empty toilet and it overflowed. We have plunged and used an auger down the toilets and the tub drains (the bathrooms are back to back). We got mold and some sort of alien worm up into our tubs! They are about 1/2 inch long and ALIVE. We are now using Liquid Plumber and the drains are very slowly going down.
Any ideas on what the "worms" are. We have a ten-year-old house with a septic tank. This problem happened about a year ago except without the worms! That time everything started draining while auguring and we never felt the clog.
The worms are about the size of an inchworm and black. They have circular ridges around them. The worms went the tubs this morning but everything is still clogged. The kitchen sink is fine except the commodes gurgle if the kitchen sink is left running for a minute.
I have a book with pictures of various living creatures. The only thing I can find that might resemble what you have (it might fit the bill) is a millipede. They are from 1 to 5 inches long, black, with bands (ridges). If you were to look closely, do they have many tiny, tiny legs?
If so, this is what you have. They live in damp, dark places with the rocks, wood, leaves, and soil. They have to be millipedes. I can't see a worm (no legs) crawling up a slimy drain pipe. You must have a break in a line somewhere and they are getting in by way of the ground outside.
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