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Old 01-21-2015, 05:20 PM   #1
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Water backup in basement.


I have a 2 family house. There is water coming out of the drain in the basement/garage which is about 10 feet away from the driveway (inside the garage).

This only happens when the 1st floor bathroom is being used. (BUT no water backup in the bathroom at all). What could this be?
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I have a 2 family house. There is water coming out of the drain in the basement/garage which is about 10 feet away from the driveway (inside the garage).

This only happens when the 1st floor bathroom is being used. (BUT no water backup in the bathroom at all). What could this be?
sewer line is clogged
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sewer line is clogged
I see. but what I'm wondering is why the 1st floor bathroom and not the 2nd or 3rd floor?

I can rent a 50' 1/2" snake from homedepot. is it easy to use? Do I just put it in the drain and guide it in there or how does that work?

Can I use any chemical to clear it?
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I see. but what I'm wondering is why the 1st floor bathroom and not the 2nd or 3rd floor?

I can rent a 50' 1/2" snake from homedepot. is it easy to use? Do I just put it in the drain and guide it in there or how does that work?

Can I use any chemical to clear it?
I don't use chemicals at all..never did .....you could rent a snake like you said..but its not as easy as some may think and it can be dangerous as well ...you insert into drain turn on power and push into drain feeling the cable going into pipe and around bends is the tricky part...also to know when to push harder or to stop and back up some machine don't bind up and twist cable....
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It will be difficult to get a snake into a floor drain because of the P-trap---perhaps impossible--

Find a clean out port that will get you into the clogged line---

I always call a plumber for rodding the main lines----I find the job to be messy and a bit dangerous---so I let a pro handle that one----
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Mike I wish I would have read your comment 2 hours earlier. I rented a snake and sat in the basement for 2 hours trying to get it in. Calling plumber first thing in the morning.
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is there another place you can go in at ..picture may help us direct you..fyi we put snakes thru traps all the time you really to push while is turning...
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I actually now see a long white tube attached to the sewer (big rusted brown pipe) that white tube just ends off and doesn't go anywhere. Maybe I should feed the snake through there?
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I actually now see a long white tube attached to the sewer (big rusted brown pipe) that white tube just ends off and doesn't go anywhere. Maybe I should feed the snake through there?
picture will help..i
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Yep--see if there is a cap on that--should unscrew---
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Yeah I see that. so I should snake it from there? I just dont want to mess up more things.
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Looks like you have a Y on that cast iron pipe with a plug that can be removed as well for snaking. Tuff spot for snaking. Can't really tell, could be the pic. Probably easier to remove the cap on pvc and go in there as suggested. Wait for Ben's reply, he'll know.
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Yes it's a y pipe where is the cover you are talking about?
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Plug I mean. Where is that plug?
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