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helpless handyman 10-20-2007 10:00 PM

Need help with outside drain...
Hi everyone, my house has a drain in the backyard, and this drain is leading to inside of the house, and was tied in to the drain stack. Was like this, I purchashed the house a bout a year a go. I been noticing, each time it rains hard, I have a puddle inside my basement on the floor drain. What can be done to sole this problem? Thanks

Mike Swearingen 10-21-2007 01:01 AM

You need to open a clean-out on the main drain line and snake it out with a heavy-duty plumber's snake (which can be rented) from the house to the street if you're on sewer or to the septic tank if you're on a septic system.
If that doesn't clear it and if you have sectional drain line underground, such as cast iron, you may have roots in the drain line and it will need to be roto-rootered. If you have roots in the drain line, roto-rootering will only last a couple of years at best, and you'll have to do that over again, until you replace the underground sectional drain line with "glued" solid plastic line that won't allow root intrusion.
If you hire a drain cleaning company or a plumber, make sure that you hire one with a video camera to inspect inside the line to show you specifically what the problem is.
Good Luck!

helpless handyman 10-21-2007 06:50 PM

Okay, got it and Thanks. My question is how can roots get into cast iron drain pipes and not to plastice drain pipes?

** Also what type of drain pipes is used for the drainage from the house to the street? No septic here, city sewer. Is it that black plastic pipe I see everywhere?

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