I have a 1970's house. A few years ago while cleaning the basement floor
drain I accidentally kicked the cleanout plug into the drain. It sank and
couldn't be retrieved. In the summer I now have to leave the drain cleanout
partially open to allow the air conditioner condensate to drain. This
sometimes creates odor problems on windy days. Is there a recommended
process for removing an obstruction in a floor drain? I'm guessing that
this is not an unusual circumstance.
trap, so you can get a snake down the line. The plugs often have to be
chiseled out if they haven't been opened in 20 years, and pretty much
any plumbing store will have new ones. The old one is likely in the
bottom of the trap, but I wouldn't think it would do more than restrict
the flow a little. OP should get a new plug to keep the sewer gases at
bay, A wet-dry shop vac does a good job on floor drain traps. If the
blockage is further downstream, time to call the drain guy, and pay the
You're exactly right on the plug being in the bottom of the trap.
Unfortunately it fell into the trap with the knob side down and couldn't be
retrieved with needle nose pliers -- there wasn't anything to grab. But I
did manage to poke it a little farther into the trap. Now the trap is
totally blocked. I have to leave the cleanout open to permit the AC
condensate to drain.
So, any suggestions on retrieving the plug from the trap or is this call a
plumber and have the trap replaced? That will likely be a somewhat messy
and expensive job.
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