(02-23-04 08:42:00 PM)
From a quick google search:
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
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.
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!