Slow basement floor drain
Asked Feb 15, 2006, 12:36 PM
It all started with an unplugged sump pump. As far as I can tell there has been about 4 inches of water in this basement for a really long time. The sump wouldn't start when plugged in, so I rented a pump and drained from the sump well. What remained was a dark greyish sludge that smelled something awful. We shoveled out what we could.
After replacing the sump, clearing the basement floor drains have been a problem. Plunging has pumped some sludge through to the sump well, but the drain still just trickles.
Also, upstairs the kitchen sink is slow as well, the trap was clean so I plunged a lot of hot water. Minutes later, I watched water slowly come up through the basement drain. This water had flakes of greyish/blackish sludge in it. With dry weather and little water usage I can get the water level down to about 1 inch below the basement floor in these two drains. But usually there is puddle around the drain with this sludge/mold stuff in it.
Is this a grey water system? The sump pumps water to a nearby pond on the farm. How can I get these drains running?
Last edited by ronaldo1111; Feb 15, 2006 at 12:50 PM.