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Old 08-26-2011, 08:07 PM   #1
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Have a floor drain that is a 3 or 4 inch clay pipe in a 1950's home. It backed up and flooded the basement after heavy snow melting. First time in 11 years of my owning the house. It appears to be hooked to a storm drain since there was no sewage issue. Any ideas on what can be done without ripping the floor apart? Can this be plugged with cement or is that against code in CT? I have no need for the drain and just don't want another backup. The pipe does not appear to be perfectly round (or have threads since it is clay) so is there any kind of plug that would work?

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Old 08-26-2011, 09:01 PM   #2
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It is part of your storm system. there is an obstruction somewhere in your line. you need to have the line cabled.

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There's a product out there called flood guard that goes inside the pipe and has a small float that rises and seals off the passageway in case of a backup.

I'm not sure if they make them that large, but it would be worth looking into.
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Old 08-26-2011, 11:37 PM   #4
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if you don't intend on using the drain, you can install a expandable rubber plug either 3" or 4" whatever the size. it is like a soft plug in a engine block. you then won't have to worry about anything backing up but remember no drain either.
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when the water table rises with a heavy rain or thaw if the water can't make out your storm sewer it will show up as a backed up storm drain. If the floor drain is capped the water will come thru the walls.
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actually, it will follow the path of least resistance.

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