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Covered basement drain

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Covered basement drain

I just closed on my house and the basement drain supposedly thats in the basement looks patched up with cement.

I did not even notice or paid attention to this before.

My initial thoughts were the previous owner might have experience a backflow or smell. But I asked my neighbor and he said he never had those issues and confirmed also not a builder change.

I already have a contractor lined up to have it reopened. However I just wanted to see if anyone has experienced this and what might be the reason for cover up??

Also I tried to asked the previous owner but of course they fell off the planet.

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Smash it open; worst case, you seal it back up.

I would assume it was backing up, but that's probably because of a clog that you should be able to fix.

I had 2 drains in my basement, one covered with tiles. I smashed out the tile, turns out they kindof messed up the piping back in 1970 when my house was built. I have to ensure a clog doesn't happen in a very specific spot in my pipes, otherwise this drain becomes the easy way out. Having someone come in to blast out crap from when the house was built has solved the problem.
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Are you sure it's drain, not clean out? Does it have small square in the middle?
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SVcivic wrote: I just closed on my house and the basement drain supposedly thats in the basement looks patched up with cement.

I did not even notice or paid attention to this before.

My initial thoughts were the previous owner might have experience a backflow or smell. But I asked my neighbor and he said he never had those issues and confirmed also not a builder change.

I already have a contractor lined up to have it reopened. However I just wanted to see if anyone has experienced this and what might be the reason for cover up??

Also I tried to asked the previous owner but of course they fell off the planet.
Post a photo, someone here may be able to provide some insight. Click the advanced button when editing or composing a message to get the option to post an image.
Secondly, send an email to your real estate agent, who can send it to the listing agent who could relay it to the former home owner.
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fergy wrote: Post a photo, someone here may be able to provide some insight. Click the advanced button when editing or composing a message to get the option to post an image.
Secondly, send an email to your real estate agent, who can send it to the listing agent who could relay it to the former home owner.
Added a pic to my original post. My agent already reached out to the listing agent but still waiting to hear back which I doubt it since they havent been very responsive
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That clear tubing on the HRV is likely going to the floor drain.

Can you take a photo on all sides of the furnace/boiler. It looks almost like tubing or wiring going into the cement floor. Too dark to see.
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where are those drain tubes leading? is the basement finished?

I guess that the owner intended to have the floor over the drain. Later on he changed the mind but did not undo it.
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the furnace /HRV drain tube goes under ground and connects into the floor drain under the cement, but yes there is suppose to be a a separate floor drain incase you have a flood, or your basement will have a mold problem
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its possible they faced some smells or a backup.

My laundry room drain was cemented over and i had no idea why and thought it was strange. I was getting a laundry tub installed and we busted it open and found the clay pipe just completely broken all around there.

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