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Old 04-09-2009, 10:17 AM   #1
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sewer backed up in basement floor drain and shower


I consider this my warning... a small amount of sewerage backed up into my floor drain and shower.

Are there any products I can use to clean out the main sewer line?

I know there are backflow devices available. What are the costs to have these installed??

Is there anything else I should look at?

thanks, Kristina


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call a plumber to snake out your sewer. Then have him run a camera in there to see what is going on. More than likely you have a partial stoppage in your building sewer line. Usually this is caused by tree roots but there are alson other reasons too. a camera will answer most of your questions. I would not suggest you renting a sewer machine and doing it yourself as if you are not sure what you are doing you could get seriously hurt.

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I consider this my warning... a small amount of sewerage backed up into my floor drain and shower.

Are there any products I can use to clean out the main sewer line?

I know there are backflow devices available. What are the costs to have these installed??

Is there anything else I should look at?

thanks, Kristina

I am not a big fan of back flow devices on sewer lines as most of the ones I have seen cause more problems than they solve. but that is just my opinion.
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I appreciate your quick response! We don't know the history of the house so one never knows the problems that might arise.

There is a big tree in the backyard, close to the house... I thought the tree roots might be the culpret.

I love this forum. What a great way to get opinions about home improvement!
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call a plumber to snake out your sewer. Then have him run a camera in there to see what is going on. More than likely you have a partial stoppage in your building sewer line. Usually this is caused by tree roots but there are alson other reasons too. a camera will answer most of your questions. I would not suggest you renting a sewer machine and doing it yourself as if you are not sure what you are doing you could get seriously hurt.

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one thing to consider, you said the tree is in the back yard, do you have city sewer or a septic system, makes a difference on what could be causing your problem, good luck.
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we have city sewer... what are your thoughts?
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I was thinking with city sewer, most likely your sewer pipe exists the house in the front, a tree in the back yard could but most likely not be the problem. I would stick with Al's idea to have some one come out and snake the line. You could do that yourself but unless you've done it before or have someone with you who has, you could get hurt.
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I was thinking with city sewer, most likely your sewer pipe exists the house in the front, a tree in the back yard could but most likely not be the problem. I would stick with Al's idea to have some one come out and snake the line. You could do that yourself but unless you've done it before or have someone with you who has, you could get hurt.
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call a plumber to snake out your sewer. Then have him run a camera in there to see what is going on. More than likely you have a partial stoppage in your building sewer line. Usually this is caused by tree roots but there are alson other reasons too. a camera will answer most of your questions. I would not suggest you renting a sewer machine and doing it yourself as if you are not sure what you are doing you could get seriously hurt.
If you do call out a plumber, ask him if there is a cleanout installed, and if not, to install one while he is there. It is possible that this might happen again, and having a handy cleanout will aid in the future. I say this, because I have had to snake mine twice for the same problem. The cause in my case is due to the contractor that built this neighborhood. For what ever reason (money, I'm sure) he had the sewer from my house and the neighbor's house come together and 'Y' into the city sewer line. This causes a blockage about every two years.
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If you do call out a plumber, ask him if there is a cleanout installed, and if not, to install one while he is there. It is possible that this might happen again, and having a handy cleanout will aid in the future. I say this, because I have had to snake mine twice for the same problem. The cause in my case is due to the contractor that built this neighborhood. For what ever reason (money, I'm sure) he had the sewer from my house and the neighbor's house come together and 'Y' into the city sewer line. This causes a blockage about every two years.
It is illegal here to have 2 houses on one sewer line. Everytime we run into one we are obligated to call the city and let them know. Needless to say we get cussed out quite a bit because the ho's have to pay to resolve the problem and the city will not take no for an answer. naby friendly neighbors were not so friendly after that
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