Water coming up tub drain in basement

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Old 01-02-05, 01:57 PM
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Water coming up tub drain in basement

I am going to be completely remodeling my finished basement in a few months, including the bathroom. My brother, who is currently living down there, says that if you flush the toilet and run the sink right after that, water starts coming up the bathtub drain.

I will have everything ripped out completely including the tub, sink, toilet, walls, and floor. What should I do about this problem?

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Old 01-02-05, 02:11 PM
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Hi latuszek,
Welcome to the DIY Forums.
It sounds like you have a partially clogged main drain. If you have no trees that could be clogging the sewer line with roots, you can try Drain Care. This is an enzyme drain cleaner that sticks to the clog and "eats" it. Depending on how big the clog is it may take several applications and each applicaton takes overnight. You can also try to snake the drain with a drain auger. This will be used in the cleanout or the drain hole under the toilet.

If the clog is caused by tree roots you will probably have to have a professional come out and clean it. This usually lasts a couple of years depending on the type of trees.

Good luck and reply back if you have further questions.
 
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Old 01-02-05, 02:14 PM
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Hi, is it the same black water from the toilet & sink that is coming back thru the tub? Sounds like a septic system problem that you have or are you possibly on town sewerage? Give a few more details please?
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Old 01-02-05, 03:01 PM
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Thanks for your quick replies. Is there any way to test whether the main drain line is partically blocked? Should I just fill up the bathtub and see how quickly it drains? It is probably cast iron since that is what is ran to every other bathroom.

And it is town sewerage. (Chicago)
 
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Old 01-02-05, 03:41 PM
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Take a bucket of water( 3-4 gallons in a 5 gallon bucket) pour it down the toilet quickly. If it backs up into another drain(tub) you have a partially clogged drain. Try the drain care as its the cheapest and easiest to use. Its about $7 for a bottle/box. You only use 1/4 cup at a time and can be obtained at home centers and even walmart.
 
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