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    Exclamation Floor drain backup from washer

    I know this issue has been addressed on other threads, but I can't seem to find a resolution.
    I have been in my house about 18months - it is about 70 years old, but in good shape. Recently, I started seeing a ring of wet carpet in my semi-finished basement (i.e. previous owners put down thin carpet on concrete foundation) around a floor drain. The ring appears and gets worse whenever the washer is run, and I think when the tub drains from a shower.
    Also, the tub and sink on the second floor bath drain very slowly.
    When the washer drains, I can hear gurgling sounds coming from the floor drain, water backs up into the utility sink, and then eventually water starts coming out of the floor drain. I do have a washer standpipe that I installed shortly after I moved in.
    This started happening about 6 weeks ago - I called roto rooter about 3 weeks ago, they cleaned out the main line with the power auger, and all was good for about 10 days. Now it's back in full force. They won't come back for free because I have a garbage disposer (which apparently voids their guarantee), but they will clean it out again for about half price. The first time they didn't find any tree roots or anything like that, but it seemed to work...now that it's back, I wonder if either a) it wasn't a full cleanout the first time (and the small hole that was formed just reclogged or b) there is some other problem than a blockage in the main line (vent issue?).

    For reference, the cleanout where roto rooter cleaned out the main stack is the same stack the washer and utility sink drain into.

    Thank you for any help or recommendations you can give.

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    Default Sewer collapse in yard?

    Did Roto use a camera? It is possibly a partially collapsed sewer line, which will drain to the surrounding soil except when you have large volumes of water going down the line.

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    Snaking it from the floor drain is the best idea.
    In all honesty though, this is a symptom of a broken line underground. Cleaning will remove blockage then sediment falls back in from waster water mingling with surrounding dirt.
    You might get someone to camera the line to at least assess where the break is, if there is a break.
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    Thanks to you two so far...even though I already don't like where you're going.
    So after peeling up the carpet that covers the floor drain this afternoon, then coming home to a house that smells like sewage, I have two more questions:
    First, does the sewage smell mean anything other than dirty water is going the wrong direction?
    Second, wouldn't roto rooter be able to tell if it was a collapsed drain line? Or maybe if the drain line is disintegrated as mentioned they wouldn't...but if it was truly collapsed, wouldn't they hit an impenetrable "clog"?

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sra_shebfalls
    Thanks to you two so far...even though I already don't like where you're going.
    So after peeling up the carpet that covers the floor drain this afternoon, then coming home to a house that smells like sewage, I have two more questions:
    First, does the sewage smell mean anything other than dirty water is going the wrong direction?
    Second, wouldn't roto rooter be able to tell if it was a collapsed drain line? Or maybe if the drain line is disintegrated as mentioned they wouldn't...but if it was truly collapsed, wouldn't they hit an impenetrable "clog"?

    Thanks again!
    They did a bad job and know it. Was the clean out full sized? 4" drain 4" clean out? If so did they put in a 4" blade or did they use a 2" blade. If they come out again they will press you to video the drain for a price and or press you to dig it up. I would bet they did a bad job and if you call there competition they will show up with a video camera and cable the drain and video it for free (the other big Rooter). Always stand over these companies but back far enough not to get sewer splash on you, but when they are putting the blades on LOOK to see what is up. If they use a small blade make sure they use a larger one after. A 4" blade will be snug going into the clean out.
    They should be in your house for 2 hours or more. Do not let them bully you.
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    Patrick,
    I had a job that this one reminds me of.
    Lady in Framingham had a bad drain, plus a sewage smell, drain cleaners couldn't get through the clog.
    I had a suspicion so I went upstairs, diluted white caulking into water in her KS basin, pulled the plug.
    Sump about 3 feet from where the KS's 2" drain went through the slab - water started turning white after a few minutes.
    Her CI drain had literally melted under the slab, the bottom was blossomed from years of draino and the drain was completely packed with dirt/sediment.
    The sink has been draining into the sump for probably years.
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