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Old 12-31-2011, 02:20 AM   #1
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Background info: Over the summer, at my mother's house, she decided to cheaply 'remodel' the garage by adding cement on the rocks. She then changed her mind and asked teh contractor to break the cement. which clogged the garage drain big time as he didn't do a good job at all cleaning after him... I spent hours removing some cementy material then from the drain and asumed the problem was fixed. Fast forward to yday and I realize with the snow that the problem wasn't fixed at all and that there was actually a hell of a lot more cement in the drain trap than I thought. I just spent a good 3 hours removing pretty much all of it but I don't think the problem is fixed and I would like some guidance as for how to finally fix it.
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:15 AM   #2
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That looks more like an access cover than a drain--are any of those pipes open to collect water?

I don't see a P trap--Not sure what you have there but I don't think it's a drain.

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Old 12-31-2011, 08:53 AM   #3
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that looks a lot like the drainage system at a carwash i used to own. It looks like a T? If so, the bottom of the T is likely open. The front of the T is used for a cleanout and maybe has a threaded plug in it? It's hard to tell by the picture. If it's like that, the bottom being open keep any foreign items (which will float) from actually entering the drain. It will always hold some water, but will drain down to the level of the horizontal pipe coming out of the side.

Like i said, it's hard to tell by the picture, it's not really clear

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Looks like an oil trap drain if the T is open at the bottom the water level should stay the height of the horizontal pipe and the oil floats above the bottom opening so not to go in the sewer...just a guess based on that picture though.
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:19 AM   #5
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Hello, yes you are right, it's a t and the bottom is open, there is a lot of space between it and the bottom of the hole so it can hold quite a lot of water. Also the fact is that it did flood past that level so could it be clogged somehow with all that crappy ement like material ? Sorry I couldn't take a better picture, it's hard to access under it and there are size limitations to uploads on this site.

And that's what we have on the garage floor to collect the water in it ? But the house is quite old so it might have had another usage originally ?
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Where does it empty out to? Is the out flow open to the outside where you can get to it?
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is there not a removable plug on the large end of the T (the left hand side in the picture)?
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No, I believe it goes to the sewer. ( I don't see anything outside the house)

Yes, there seems to be a plug but it seems to be cemented shut
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I uploaded a picture on facebook that might be more helpful https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...68016476_n.jpg
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from looking at the facebook pic, i'd bet it just corroded to the point it feels like its cemented. Possible try some solvent (wd-40 or similar) soaking on it and maybe some heat to get it loose. Is it cast iron? it kinda looks like it.

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Thanks for the advice I'll try some Wd-40. It's so damn useful that I never know when I last used it so looking for it wis always a pain haha I'Ll keep you posted. Thanks again for the advice.
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thatb looks like it may have a plug in the end ??????? not a cap....ben

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