New Basement Flood

Noticed something interesting while doing laundry on Saturday – when the washing machine fills the laundry tub with water, that same water starts jetting out of a floor drain in my basement.

I’m no plumber, but that doesn’t seem right. Also, I’m no plumber, so I hired one to come to my house this morning and check it out. Wish me luck. Hopefully, it’s just a blockage in the pipe out to the sewer trap.

5 Responses to “New Basement Flood”

  1. matt says:

    Apparently there was a significant clog, in no small part because a bunch of long-unused drain pipes were still connected to that line and dropping rust into them for the last three or four decades. All that’s ripped out now – a moderately expensive but still happy ending, since it didn’t involve jackhammering my basement floor.

  2. BrianN says:

    Were they disconnected pipes from your gutters? We used to have those, they were good for inviting the rats in.

  3. matt says:

    May have been at one point. It looked to me like one of them went through the foundation at a point where nothing was on the outside of the house; maybe it was an old drain that was paved over when the driveway went in.

  4. matt says:

    (My house is 97 years old. There’s all sorts of evolutionary dead ends in its infrastructure.)

  5. Pitt says:

    Every 2 or 3 years I have to have the city of Baltimore come out and roto-root out the main sewer pipe leading from the house to the street. All of the beautiful ancient trees that line the streets like to grow their roots into the ancient clay sewer pipes. Luckily, the pipes were laid by the city, so they’re technically their problem. Although it’s still my basement that floods when the pipe clogs.

    We’re having a new roof and gutters and siding done at our SC place now. Roof and gutters on the house, gutters and siding on the new garage, and gutters on the old barn. This will necessitate the selling of many cars.

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