drain problem


Old 07-08-06, 10:21 PM
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drain problem

we just moved into a house. we found out when the washing machine does the spin/drain cycle the water backs up into the bathtub. what would cause this problem?
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Old 07-09-06, 07:12 AM
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Washing machine drain water contains lots of lint. It has probaly built up in the drain line and is causing the back-up. You could try using a snake on it or using an enzyme drain cleaner such as Draincare by Zep. The problem with a snake on lint is that the snake can poke a hole through it and it will reseal quickly. Enzyme drain cleaners cling to and eat organic matter. Caustic drain cleaners eat a hole and then run down the drainpipe leaving part of the clog to start a new blockage. Should you try the enzyme cleaner, follow label directions including using warm/hot water. It takes 6 hours to overnight to work, but it DOES work. Good luck.
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