Help! My basement washer is connected to abs piping that (I think) runs under the concrete floor and to some huge drain hole in the floor. This is a 1911 2 story house. I finally managed to get a washer in the basement for a test run and had this hole fill up with water and take several days to drain. Is it draining to the sewer or what? Should I connect the washer drain to the main stack? How can I fix this problem without going broker? I'm at wit's end! Thanks for any help, most appreciated. RR
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Re: Help! My basement washer
Hmmm..sounds like you may be suffering from back pressure problems. here's what you try first
take about a 5 gallon bucket, and fill it up with water. then let it flow down the drain hole, and then quickly refill the bucket. you are looking for what happens when you have about 25 gallons in 2 minutes going into that hole. If it doesn't go right through, then you might want to have that pipe cored out(in an older home, that's not unusual).
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What is in the room above the basement bathroom? And how large is the diameter of the vent pipe you need to run? Do you have a maximum number of elbows, and runs of feet maximum you can't exceed?
Is the Frame wall above the foundation, accessible by going up thru the ceiling of the bathroom, and the elbowing over and into the outrside frame wall at that point?-- and then up a ways, and then out thru the outside wall?
Another possibility would be: How far to a window, or vent already in the basement?-- Could you run the piping there, and then out?
How thick is the concrete wall?-- Is it reinforced Concrete-- or just Masonry Block wall? A block wall is not as hard to get thru--
I know I asked a lot of questions-- but maybe it helps you think thru your options?
He sounds about half right, but I would want to know if the water is in the basement all the time? or does it come through the slab? The walls? Is there any water? You don't need forms of any kind in a basement or patching a big hole, the hole is the form, fill it up and level it off. He might be concerned about a dry trap if there is one on the floor drain. Depends on where it drains to. Sewer? It is code now for floor drains to have trap primers on them so they stay full. No gas. Hope this helps.
From basement,crawl space or cut an opening in floor,to get to the damaged pipe. If you can cut it, you may be able to pull it out from another location and feed new material back. Unfortunately your going to have to apply heat and solder, in a confined space under the floor. Not too good!
The top of the drain pipe that the washing machine drains in to should be about 3 feet off the ground. If the sewer pipe is higher than that you can either get a longer hose, or drain it into a sump with a sump pump that pumps it into the sewer pipe. If you don't have a sump, first try the longer hose and make sure it drains to a point higher than the sewer pipe (that would be the easiest) or cut a hole in your floor and put in a sump and sump pump (the most difficult).
either the pump is malfunctioning or it is clogged. either way remove the front of the washer and set it to drain. if you hear the pump motor or see the little fan spinning you pump is running. now mpty the washer of water and remove the hose from the pump and see if anything is stuck in it.