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Old 03-20-2013, 11:12 PM   #1
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Tonight my wife got home and noticed in our basement by the drain in the floor water had come up through. Our house was built in the 1950's so I opened the drain cover and found parts of tissue so I already called a plumber. It appears that our main sewer line is clogged or frozen as we have little snow cover and it's extremely cold today in Milwaukee. A ways away from the drain we have a piece of older carpet just on the flower where we have a workout area. That carpet is also wet. The floor between the drain and the carpet is dry but under the carpet is still wet. Anyway to tell if a pipe burst and that is what is causing the carpet to be wet? Under the carpet I do see a crack that has been in the concrete since we bought the house. We tried running some water and we only see water come up through the drain, but the concrete is definitely been wet. How do you tell if a sewer pipe broke in the concrete?

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If you're saying your pipe flows from the clogged drain towards your carpeted workout area, do you happen to know if there's a clean out over in that area? That's how our old house was so just checking...

Also if the plumber is coming tomorrow he will obviously be able to tell you if you're just dealing with a clog/frozen line or if the pipe broke.

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Yeah we do have a clean out. Plumber is coming tomorrow. Was just trying to prepare myself for how large of bill.
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Do you have a pipe wrench to open the cap on the clean out? What you see inside may or may not give you an answer. When I removed mine the line was not full of water and it turned out to be a clog somewhere between the floor drain and clean out.
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If he just has to power rod the sewer line anywhere from $135-$300 Camera inspection plus power rodding your in the $500 dollar range.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:17 AM   #6
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Removing the cleanout cap could result in a torrent of waste water running into your basement, but probably not if the floor drain has receded. I drill a 1/4 inch hole in the cleanout cap with a few buckets, and a pencil on hand to plug the hole if needed. The cleanout cap is always replaced.

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