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RJYH
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Floor drain/washing machine problem


When my washing machine drains, the floor trap can't keep up with the amount of water being flushed out.. After a relatively small puddle forms, the water goes down.

Any thoughts on avoiding that backup??







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Drop4Loss
Birds Eye Of Deaf Valley
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re: Floor drain/washing machine problem


Metal snake drain unclogger





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RJYH
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Say there is no blockage, with it being a trap, will it just not be fast enough to deal with the amount of water coming out of the washer?





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lsuroadie
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The floor drain is irrelevant, your drain line is backing up somewhere (restriction) and the water is simply coming out of the floor drain...simple physics and path of least resistance.

My guess is lint has piled up in the p trap, very common, or you have blockage somewhere down the line.






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RJYH
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Thanks a bunch, will work on it.





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thejudge
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You do have a line clog. It should never get to the floor drain.

On another note...if anyone has hair clogs from a slow drain i found this shite at stine lumber. It worked where nothing else would. Pretty amazing. LINK







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rsbd
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Sounds like a vent problem, is it in a slab or off of the ground??





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wickowick
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How old are the drain lines? There is either s clog or a collapsed line. The age of the home might help narrow it down...





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RJYH
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It's in the slab and it's a very old home.





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lsuroadie
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then you have the good ole cast iron pipes which coud lead you down a thousand rabbit holes.

it could be as simple as built up sh$t, which is famous for clinging to the walls of those old pipes, or tree root obstruction. It could be a vent problem as mentioned earlier, or a clog.

You could simply run a various assortment of draino products which are always a temporary solution, or pay a plumb contractor to scope your line with a video camera, usually run you around $300 just for the scope and location of problem.

hope this helps






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wickowick
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First you need to have a plumber determine if it is a clog or a collapsed line. If it is a collapse and you have sudden and accidental damage and not long term damage (to the flooring, walls, etc) then your homeowner's policy will probably have coverage those repairs and accessing the lines to repair. If the damaged line is in the yard not near as big a deal, but if it is under the slab there are a couple of ways to fix. Bust through the slab, reroute the line or tunnel under the slab to repair.





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rsbd
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Vent problem, you said it drains how fast? over a few hours or minutes??





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RJYH
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I'm curious about how the drain would react with the given potential problems. Or, is it just a matter of the pipe not being able to handle the force and amount of water coming out of the washing machine?






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brass2mouth
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quote:

On another note...if anyone has hair clogs from a slow drain i found this shite at stine lumber. It worked where nothing else would. Pretty amazing. LINK



Thats cool but does it dissolve a Hotwheels toy?






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MoreOrLes
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It's in the slab and it's a very old home.



It's quite possible the line is too small to handle modern machine/pump.

Today it's required to have a 2" trap and line. You may have a 1 1/2" line. If so contact a plumber.

You may try raising your riser from your trap, 36" is required but going higher may help you.



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wickowick
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The water from the machine is entering the line from a higher elevation than the drain. This water for whatever reason can not drain effortlessly as it once did, and has weight behind in from the water above it pushing through gravity. The water has to go somewhere and the path of least resistance is to backup through the drain.

Have yall gotten a lot of rain lately? If not check around the house (slab) and in the yard for wet spots.






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RJYH
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The mouth of the pipe is 2 in, I assume the rest of the pipe is.





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RJYH
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No spots in the yard.





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lsuroadie
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Has this problem started overnight or has it slowly onset to today's problem?

I think if it was a vent problem all your drains would be draining slow...esp if your house has one vent line which I bet it has. Common sense on ur part can rule out or in tree roots, which would be systemic problem to whole house, or one drain line backing up and all other drains working fine. Sure would like to see schematic of house and plumbing drops I could help u more.

It's really common sensical, there's no magic weegie stuff happening under the slab...if you know where your sewer line exits the house to go to municipal line, all other stuff feeds to a central trunk line and out the house it goes






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