I have the follwoing problem: the drain in the basement of the house (build
~1910) is blocked - the house was vacant and over time sand and mud was
spilled into the drain and therfore a water problem exists.
Any idea if there is a way to get the sand/mud out of the pipes in the
You might try forcing water under pressure. There is a rubber "bladder"
which fits on a garden hose and expands to fit the drain opening.
They are available in different sizes. Check at a hardware store.
If that doesn't open it, rent a sewer auger.
It will be a ticklish job because the snake will likely have to
go around the bends in the "P" trap in the floor.
Speaking of basement P traps, how fast does water evaporate out of the
P trap in a basement? As part of regular maintenance are you supposed
to add in water every couple of years in order to maintain the water
seal and prevent sewer gases from coming through?
I had a similar problem with a basement drain, and I successfully opened it
up with a long wire snake followed by a large-volume flush from a garden
hose pushed down the drain. At the time the basement was unfinished so the
water I spread around was easy to clean up. A plumber would do a more
professional job with a sealed system.
I would start with a shop vac. Remove as much material as
possible, add some water, suck some more. Repeat until you are
fairly sure that you are not getting anything back.
I would then try garden hose.
Add one of these:
Next step - Snake and lots of water.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
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