Re: Closing a Basement Floor Drain
Posted by CM on February 20, 19101 at 16:53:29:
In response to Re: Closing a Basement Floor Drain
: I am finishing part of my basement. I would like to plug the floor drain on the low side of my basement to avoid a backup destroying the finished rooms. This would leave me one working floor drain located in my laundry room. What is the best way to perminatly plug a floor drain? A friend told me he just stuffed a rag down the drain and filled it with concrete. My house sits up high and is normally pretty dry. The one remaining drain would still allow for any emergency draining to happen. Any idea's?

Don't do the rag thing - this could eventually fall into the pipe, creating a blockage and perhaps collapsing the concrete above it. You are better off purchasing a piping plug - a plastic device that you insert into the pipe, then tighten a bolt which expands it tightly into the pipe. Then go ahead and pour concrete atop the plug. As far as whether it is a good idea to plug the drain, I can't comment without knowing the details on where the drain flows to, etc.

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