We have a house that was built in 1963 that has a floor drain in the
basement. The washing machine drains into a laundry tub with then hooks
into the same drain line as the floor drain. About two months ago, we
noticed the floor drain filling up whenever the washer would drain. This
has slowly progressed past the drain filling and is now overflowing the
drain if you happen to miss the drain cycle. If you turn the washer on and
off a couple of times during the drain cycle you can eliminate the problem.
Any ideas as to what the cause would be ( clogged drain line??) and why it
would steadily get worse. The laundry tub that the water is draining into
has two seperate tubs and the water also backs up into the one not used as
the washer drains. It has been suggested that we could just fill in the
floor drain, but I am hesitant to do so unless I know that it is the
Thanks for any insight you can provide.
Yes, clogged drain *downstream* of the floor drain.
Gets worse as lint, etc. collects at some point.
You may be able to flush it out with a high pressure
stream from a garden hose poked down in the floor drain.
Else, rent a small sewer auger.
And, get some lint traps on your washer's output hose. Rough up the metal
hose with emery cloth, and tie the lint traps on REALLY tight with plastic
I had this same problem when I bought my house. The plumber said I could
either excavate the basement, or snake it once and get religious with the
lint traps. I chose "B", and never had problems again. He also found chunks
of powdered detergent residue in the pipes, by the way. With some water
supplies, the stuff doesn't dissolve sufficiently, especially if it's used
with cold water.
He also found chunks
: of powdered detergent residue in the pipes, by the way. With some
: supplies, the stuff doesn't dissolve sufficiently, especially if
: with cold water.
THANKS for the heads up!
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