Question about basement shower-plumbing problem

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by krstyamy, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. krstyamy

    krstyamy New Member

    Nov 8, 2008
    I have a full bath in the basement. Doing renovations there and the shower stall has rust/something coming up from the pipes. My h. thinks they can just put a snake down there and clean it out? Is this the case?

    I know it could be roots but I refuse to tear a tree down. We get water through the city- can they help me with this- help- any plumbers out there??
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Need more explanation or a picture ot understand what you are talking about. Are you talking rusty water? Coming up from the drain? water coming up from a drain, rusty or not implies a clog. If it's a rust stain, somebody could have used steel screws where stainless steel or brass is called for. If your drain lines are cast iron, and several other types used years ago, they can leak at a joint. A leaking joint will attact tree roots. You can usually get a drain cleaner out to rout out the line, but it won't fix the leak. The alternative is live with it and have the line cleaned periodicall, or replace it. Cutting a tree down may not stop if for awhile, since the roots will live on for awhile. There are things you can put down the drain to slow the roots regrowth, if it is that. The long-term answer is a new drain line with sealed joints so there are no leaks.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Don't worry about cutting the tree down. If you do, 25 years from now you will still not have its shade but you WILL have problems with its roots. The tree needs the roots, the roots do not need the tree.
  5. Jay Mpls

    Jay Mpls Master plumber

    Sep 29, 2008
    Master Plumber /Sewer rat
    Do not over think the problem!You have a simple backed up drain.A cable cleaning will do fine and all will be well.If it is roots in the sewer they are not keeping your tree alive.
    From waht you have said you have an inside drain,maybe connected to one other line that is backing up.Easy fix.
  6. johnnyb14

    johnnyb14 New Member

    Mar 5, 2009
    You can go to yore local plumbing contactor tell him yore problem
  7. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    I agree with those who suggest your drain is clogged and should be professionally cleaned from end to end. The auger used needs to be industrial sizes to cut of any roots that have gotten in to the line as well as clearing the clog and not just making a hole through it. If the problem reoccurs, then I would advise a camera inspection to determine exactly what and where the problem lies. We can speculate all day about what could be wrong, but it would only be guessing...educated guessing perhaps, but guessing none the less. What is certain is that there is a blockage in the line and it needs to be professionally cleaned by a plumber who does not have Roto as part of the company name.
  8. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Aug 17, 2008
    Hand copper part cleaned ready to go
    Flagstaff, AZ Sitting on an upside down 5 gallon b
    yeah collapsed mains due to root infiltration are nothing to worry about... :rolleyes:
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