Main sewer clogged.

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Old 10-01-14, 03:22 PM
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Main sewer clogged.

What's better than a mysterious basement flood? Finding out it's from the sewer backing up.

I have old cast iron with a main house trap and sewer clean out after it towards the street side. I am fairly confident the trap is clogged because that is their reputation and my wife has been ignoring me about flushing tampons down the toilet. Anyhow, I have lead caps in in the cast iron. Can I reuse them after I remove them, or should I have some spares handy?
 
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Old 10-02-14, 07:36 AM
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Have some spares handy. I found some that get hammered into place once. On a side note, that's called a Level 3 flood, in the flood world. Make sure that you disinfect properly.
 
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Old 10-02-14, 03:40 PM
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I'm going to try one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Cherne-270188-...lean+out+plugs

I was able to get one plug out last night. I think I need to remove the others in pieces. The one I got off was on the house side of the trap. The trap is clean as can be. I ran my water wide open for at least 10 minutes and the level of the water did not change. I think the town sewer backed up into my house. First time that happened here. I'll have to see if the neighbors had an issue as well.

I ordered a backwater valve for the sink down there so this doesn't happen again.
 
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Old 10-04-14, 10:46 AM
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How thick is the wall of cast iron waste pipe? I purchased a 4" plug like this: Cherne 270188 Clean-Out 4 Mechanic Gripper Plug - Hardware Plugs - Amazon.com and it seems too big. I don't want to try and bang it in if it is the wrong size. I'm thinking maybe the pipe is 3 1/2". I do have PVC connecting to it that is 4" if that means anything.
 
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That doesn't look like the style that gets hammered into place.
 
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