I have a HUGE problem. My husband and I are new homeowners and
therefore new diy-ers. We have a finished basement with berber carpet
flooring that wasn't a good match for our two dogs. We decided to rip
up the existing carpet and install laminate hardwood flooring in it's
place. The concrete floor beneath the carpet was very uneven as it was
sloped toward the floor drain in the adjacent laundry room. Fine for
carpet- not fine for laminate.
To make a long story short, we purchased bags of self-leveling concrete
and some creeped under the 2x4 we placed in the doorway and into our
basement drain. We chiped away as much as we could physically access
within the pipe. We believe there is a trap beyond what we have
chipped away. We do not know how much further the concrete obstruction
Any advice on what we could do ourselves to correct the problem? We
believe the drain leads to the sewer and its main purpose is for
drainage for water that may pool in the basement. Do we necessarily
NEED this drain to function?
The bad news is that you have probably clogged this drain but don't give
up just yet, pour some water down the drain and see what happens. If it is
clogged but the rest of the plumbing in the house works OK then wait and see
if the basement is prone to flooding. It's possible that you don't need this
drain.. If you do need to remove the clog a plumber and a power auger may be
able to punch through.
Everyone makes these mistakes when they start out
Wow,That is pretty bad but fixable. Most of the cement is probably in the
trap. If water still flows and u did not affect other drains in the house, I
would do nothing. If water does not flow down the drain, Its really not a big
deal to rent a jackhammers and dig up the drain and replace the trap. You
should probably hire a plumber if you want to go the dig up the drain route.
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