Basement Floor Drain Overflows With Washer Use


Old 06-13-01, 07:48 PM
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I thought I posted this yesterday, but since I don't see it on the forum I'm putting it back out. Please forgive if this is duplicated somehow.

When our washing machine, located in our basement, hits the rinse cycle, water comes up through our basement floor drain. I can run water directly into the floor drain and it will not back up. The washing machine water discharge goes into a sink - the sink drains without backup. When the water comes up through the floor drain, it has what appears to be either lint or some sediment or silt. When the washing machine has completed the rinse cycle, the water subsides.

I don't understand why this only happens during washing machine use. Any insights or suggestions for fixing this?
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Old 06-15-01, 05:58 AM
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A washing machine pumps a lot of water out quickly.
You may have a partial clog or roots in the main drain line causing the backup.
I would call a drain cleaning pro to deal with it before it gets worse. They'll have all of the proper equipment and may have a video camera to see what is going on with it.
Good Luck!

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