water flows into bathtub

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by barbaranna, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. barbaranna

    barbaranna New Member

    Aug 6, 2009
    I am alone and don't understand much in the plumbing field, but I will try to explain as much as I can. I don't have a cellar, my home is on a concrete slab without a crawl space there. Next to the bathroom in the hall is a type of closet where the washer and dryer are. The washer empties out into a pipe that is in the ground. That's where the hose goes. Usually when I shower the bathtub fills up slightly with water and I am figuring it is from the gung from the washer I guess. I have used Draino the crystals and it has helped it some but not all the way. The problem is when I wash and the washer rinses the water comes into my tub and then just empties out again. I can't put a lint catcher in the pipe. I have tried that and the water backs up out of it. Can you put drain cleaner in the pipe that is used for the washer? Why does the water come up into the tub on the rinse cycle like that? The toilet, bath sink, kitchen sink are all fine. I really need help and cant afford a plumber right now. Do you have a good drain cleaner I can use. I used the liquid Draino last time and it didnt do as good as the crystals and cant find them now
  2. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

    Dec 15, 2007
    Service Plumber
    Try calling a plumber to snake the line clear.
    The drain cleaner isn't cutting the mustard and seldom does.
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  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Sometimes you get lucky with a typical DIY'er snake, but often, they just punch a hole through a clog. A pro snake with a proper cutting head can clean the inside of the pipe to almost new condition.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    All chemicals do, if they work at all, is open the smallest opening necessary so the chemical can continue to drain down the pipe. They also help the manufacturer make money, which is really all he is concerned about.
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