A.D. from Hartford County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
I am having problems with two back to back toilets in bathrooms that back up to each other. When either flushes, water is drawn out from the other. There is also gurgling I assume it must be the lines in the walls. They share a common out line. Is that usually the Association’s responsibility?
Mister Condo replies:
A.D., have you had a plumber come look at the problem? I would think each toilet would have its own intake line and that intake line should not draw from the other toilet tank. This sounds like a faulty design or perhaps damage to the water supply system. Gurgling sounds typically indicate air in the line (again, indicating damage or clogged or crossed supply lines). Without know the exact layout of your condominium, it would be difficult for me to render a responsibility opinion. The problem is only in your unit, correct? Neighbor are not having the same issue, are they? If multiple units are involved, it may very well be the association’s responsibility but if all of these items are happening within your unit and you have access to the water supply, it may be your responsibility. Either way, get a plumber’s opinion as to what the problem is and then determine if the association is responsible or willing to help by calling or writing to them. All the best!