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Clogged Basement Floor Drain

May 24, 2014

Basement floor drain clogged? You may want to get some of the toys out first.These balls and toys were packed into the floor drain with a lot of dirt and debris. When it came time to work as a drain, there was a total blockage. We poured water into the drain until it was full. Then we used a long screwdriver to loosen the toys and balls. About 1/2 of the balls and toys floated to the top of the drain so we could remove them. The rest of the drain was cleaned out using a shop vac with a 3 foot piece of 1-1/2" PVC taped to the hose. Test all your floor drains now before the heavy rains come.

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The floor drain ball removal tool. A shop-vac with a 3 foot piece of PVC taped to the hose. Take the paper filter out of the shop vac first so it does not get wet and then get all moldy.

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This ball freaked me out as it popped up out of the murky water in the drain.

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While you are at it, check your sump pump and check valve to make sure they are operating properly. You should not have a sump pump that is all blocked up like this one.

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Drains work better when they are clean and clear. Pour 5 gallons of water in the drains when you are done to make sure they are clear and create a new air lock to seal the sewer gas in the pipe.


Now you can relax and enjoy the rain.






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