Knowing when to fold ‘em

by Josh on September 11, 2005 · 4 comments

in Projects

I have been struggling with a filthy clogged floor drain in my tuckunder garage for a couple weeks now and I’m about ready to call it quits. A friend was kind enough to lend me his drain snake (thanks, Daniel!) but so far I’ve only been able to lower the level of sludge in the trap by six inches. The overflow hole allows the water to pass slowly– which is better than not passing at all through the trap. However, despite my snaking, I have not found an obstruction to explain why the overflow is so slow.

Of course, I’d like to have this drain working. My snowblower will be parked right above it. When I return the snowblower to its place after clearing my sidewalk and driveway of a nice helping of Minnesota snow, I’d like the drain to take care of any excess snow that will melt off the machine. It’s pretty sad that I’m thinking about snow on a 90 degree September day, but winter shows up early ’round these parts.

I also have the supplies for an epoxy paint job on the garage floor, but I want the drain cleared of its sludge before I paint. It might be time to call in the professionals so I can move on. Sometimes the only way to make progress is choosing to quit.

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Trissa September 11, 2005 at 9:40 am

We had a drain that would backup a couple times a year. After paying a plumbing company one time, we would go and rent a power snake that had blades on the end and it would take care of the problem for awhile. If there’s a chance of roots in your drain pipe/field, that could be the problem. It might be worth a try!


Josh September 11, 2005 at 2:24 pm

Thanks, Trissa. I may take a look at some other kinds of power equipment. I know there have been roots in the drain field, but I think they are farther down the line. The immediate problem appears to be fine sand/silt that has completely compacted in the trap. I appreciate the ideas!


anonymous coward October 29, 2006 at 2:04 pm

It is also possible that your garage did not drain to the sewer at all. Sand trap drainage systems used to be fairly common. This would be a perfectly accetptable drainage strategy if it weren’t for people pouring oil down the drain. Either way, sounds like you’re all plugged up.


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