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Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: 5B wishing to be in 4B
Re: House on slab plumbing question
My Wife and I bought a house in 2000 that was built on a Concrete Slab.
When we bought it, in the disclosure it was said that Kitchen Sink and Laundry Room drain, drained SLOWLY and since both fed into the same pipe drain, you could not use the washing machine and kitchen sink at the same time.
Well in 2004, we experienced a MAJOR Slow Draining of that pipe, I ran Drano down it a few times, didn't seem to help, so 1 day I was in Home Depot and a guy suggested some Really Strong Acid for cleaning drain pipes. used that, Still had a problem so we called in a Plumber. Ended up the house was built in the 50s, they built it on a concrete slab due to the water table being so close to the surface, 5 houses on the street were the same make on concrete slabs.
The pipe they used to run from the laundry room out under the living room and into the bathroom connecting to the bath tub had Cracked and Collapsed dead center in the middle of the living room, creating the water to drain but drain VERY SLOOOOOOWLY.
We had a few choices, ALL were Very High Priced!
A few friends offered to help me cut the floor up in the living room and fix the pipe.
We decided to run a 55 gallon drum to drain the washing machine and kitchen sink into it and use a sub pump to pump the water to the bath tub.
When we sold it in 2008, we Told the people that were buying it Exactly what was wrong. the Guy said it wasn't a problem, he had a friend that did plumbing and could fix it easily.
They ended up having some sort of sleeve put in!
I will NEVER Own a House again that is built on a Concrete Slab!!!
And I will tell you just like I told others.
DON'T Even think of buying 1!!
The plumbing is IN the Concrete and if something goes Wrong, your Ripping the concrete floor up to get to the pies to fix them, it is NOT Cheap!!!