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07:23AM | 03/23/05
Member Since: 03/22/05
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I have been having trouble with my washing machine drain for almost a year now . I have to turn my washer off after the drain pipe fills to the top and let it go down , then turn it back on and let it fill the pipe again . I do this over and over until it's empty. I was told it was probably soap build up and to put baking soda and vinegar in it and that would clean it out but that didn't work. A snake has been put through it but we cannot tell if it went all the way or not ! I am so tired of having to run to the washer to drain it or leaving to go somewhwere while it is washing because i have to leave the lid up so it won't run all over the floor. Then the clothes have to sit in the dirty water until i get back home to drain it. If anybody knows of anything i can try i would be soooo greatful !!


02:41PM | 03/24/05
Member Since: 06/23/04
161 lifetime posts
Assuming the line once drained ok, it sounds as if you have an obstruction - WOW, who would have thought? The blockage could be any number of things - soap, lint, roots, collapsed line, animals, etc. Since you have already tried chemicals and a snake it may not be reachable with homeowner grade tools. I suggest that you hire a sewer cleaning service who has equipment that can clean up to 100' of sewer line. Their equipment is also very powerful which is necessary when dealing with roots or foreign objects. They will first run down your drain and through the trap. Next they will find the nearest cleanout or vent pipe to clean further up the line. Lacking these access points, they can dig up the drain line and add a saddle tap and cleanout that can be used again in the future.

Chemicals don't work very well. If they are strong enough to eat away a blockage they can also eat away your pipes. If they "won't damage your pipes", how are they going to damage the blockage? I have seen soap builup that required a hammer and chisel to remove. Commercial rotary blade cleaners can do a fairly good job of removing most blockages.

Collapsed lines are not as common as they once were because the pipes used in the last 45 years are much better than some used just after WW2. If you have a collapsed pipe, the only remedy is replacement.


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