basement backing up


Old 05-07-03, 08:49 AM
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basement backing up

Everytime I wash clothes, the basement backs up. I have had it snaked twice in the last year. and after a couple of months it begins to back up. Is there a soultion I can pour into the basement drain instead of snaking it. (Doesn't that cause wear and tear after continious snaking?) Eventually the toliet begins to back up into the basement also. What do I do?
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Old 05-07-03, 11:06 AM
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You have roots (or some other obstruction) in your main drain line.
A snake will punch a temporary hole through hairlike rootballs, but it will close back up soon.
You may need to have it inspected by a drain cleaning company with a video camera to see for certain what the problem is, and then have it roto-rootered. If you can't find one with a video camera, then have it roto-rootered anyway.
Even this will only last for a year or two, and the roots will return.
The only permanent solution is to replace sectional drain pipe (cast iron, terra cotta, etc.) with glued plastic (black ABS or white PVC). Roots can't get into glued plastic.
Good Luck!
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