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1victorianfarmhouse 12-09-2012 01:53 PM

Testing and Clearing Old Basement Drainage System
 
My 1895 house has a concrete floor with cast iron drain piping for an old bathroom (sink, toilet, shower, floor drain) in one corner, plus drainage for a sink and washing machine in another corner, with a couple additional floor drains. Everything drains out of the house in one pipe to the septic tank.

The washing machine drain works fine, but the water level in it stays about 6" from the surface. A floor drain about 6' away stays dry, but has quite a bit of sediment in the bottom. I've poured about 20 gallons of water through the floor drain and it all drained with no problem.

I have yet to pour anything through the old bathroom drains.

My questions are how can I test the bathroom drains to ensure they work properly, and how can I flush/clear the sediment out of the drain piping?

Thanks,

vince

Wuzzat? 12-09-2012 02:04 PM

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Originally Posted by 1victorianfarmhouse (Post 80942)
My questions are how can I test the bathroom drains to ensure they work properly, and how can I flush/clear the sediment out of the drain piping?

Thanks,

vince

Low flow aerators deliver 2 GPM so the drain should be able to keep up with this, at least. Bathtubs, about 6 GPM.

For flushing drains use a garden hose and pack rags around it as a gasket.

1victorianfarmhouse 12-09-2012 08:36 PM

Oh boy, that sounds too easy to be true, especially since I have a garden hose spigot in the basement too.

Thanks!

vince


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