Rusted drain in basement


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Old 02-24-16, 09:19 AM
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Rusted drain in basement

We are working on a basement remodel and the drain we are hoping to put a shower over is draining extremely slow. Its rusted badly. What do you recommend?

1. Have a plumber come and try to break through the mess?
2. Cut the floor up and redo the drain? ($$$$)
3. Omit the shower?

I believe the drain runs to this "lift station". About 11' away - there is a stool and a sink also that run into the ground.





 
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Old 02-24-16, 09:32 AM
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Have you tried snaking it. Does it have a siphon?
 
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Old 02-24-16, 11:54 PM
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I believe the drain runs to this "lift station".
Belief is not good enough. You need to KNOW where the drain goes before you can re-purpose it as a shower drain.

Are you certain that your "lift station" is for sewer wastes?

I think a professional plumber is the next step, if for no other reason than to verify what you have.
 
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Old 02-25-16, 10:59 AM
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I agree with Furd. More often than not, floor drains will drain into either the weeping system and/or eventually just outside and not into your sanitary sewer. A shower of course needs to end up in the sanitary sewer like your bathrooms, sinks, etc.

Also, showers need to be plumbed with 2" drains. Many/most floor drains use a 1.5" line.

Also, if the cover is that rusted and such, the trap and underground piping might not look much better. You'll probably need to excavate around the trap and replace it at a minimum. I would consider replacing the whole run. You could have it camera snaked to see the current state of the pipe... or a professional plumber with experience in your area might be able to look at it and give a pretty good recommendation.
 
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Old 02-25-16, 05:33 PM
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Are you certain that your "lift station" is for sewer wastes?
If it isn't I don't think that sink should be there either?
 
 

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