11:47AM | 04/15/04
Member Since: 04/14/04
4 lifetime posts
My friends have a floor drain in their concrete basement. Two weeping tile pipes also run into this drain. The drain plugged the other day. It was plugged solid with what appeared to be a mixture of very fine sand, silt, rust particles and soft "muck". I removed approximately 8 vertical inches of this material before hitting the bottom of the trap. Starting at the bottom of the trap and proceeding down stream, this above material has turned into an incredibly hard "concrete". We managed to chip through the center of this with a nail but can only open up a hole with a diameter of approximately 1/4 inch. We tried snakes and chipping at it more with a steel punch but neither made even a dent in this "concrete" material. Does anyone have any idea how to loosen this material or break it apart? The pipes are two inch cast iron and are approximately 35 years old. My guess is the drain has never been cleaned.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.



05:29PM | 04/15/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hello Dave,

This may or may not be helpful, but my experience with floor drains is that they may not really go very far. I had an old farmhouse many years ago; I think the floor drain just went to a "dry sump"; when that would fill up, that was it. It was like a dug-out area; when that filled up, it would overflow.

This doesn't sound like your problem, but still might be of interest depending on what your friends are running into.

Good luck,


-k2 in CO

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