Floor Drain Cleaning

Watching your basement or laundry room floor drain backing up with water can send you into a panic. We can help. Gopher Sewer & Drain in Minneapolis offers expert floor drain cleaning and maintenance to help clear the clogs that cause unnecessary backups.

Why Is My Floor Drain Backing Up?

Although a clog inside the floor drain itself might be to blame, there are other plumbing issues that may be the culprit. Because floor drains are connected to the rest of the plumbing in your home, clogs in other pipes throughout your home can cause floor drain backups. Water without proper drainage will rise until it finds an exit point, which is commonly through your floor drain. These backups can also occur due to clogs in your main sewer line.

What About Standing Water in Floor Drains?

Seeing standing water in your floor drain is normal. Floor drains are built to hold a little water to prevent sewer gas from entering your home. However, if the water rises beyond the norm or you experience a bigger backup, it’s time to call a professional floor drain cleaning company.

Floor Drain Cleaning Services by Gopher Sewer & Drain

Plumbing issues such as floor drain backups often occur when we least expect them. That’s why Gopher Sewer & Drain offers 24/7 residential floor drain cleaning services to give you peace of mind. Our team of experts will come and inspect your plumbing, working to pinpoint the underlying issue causing your drain to flood.

If required, we’ll use our up-to-date camera equipment, diving deep into your drain to look for obstructions or broken pipes. Should a clog be to blame, we’ll use our professional drain snaking or water jet equipment to clear grease, debris, roots and more.

Routine Floor Drain Maintenance

Not dealing with a current floor drain back up? Avoid future inconveniences by allowing Gopher Sewer & Drain to perform routine floor drain cleaning and maintenance. We’ll help your drains and pipes remain free of the build-up that causes clogs throughout your plumbing system.

Call Gopher Sewer & Drain for Your Free Estimate Today

Whether you’re struggling with a floor drain that continues to back up over time or you’ve found yourself standing in a flooded basement, we can help with our 24/7 service. For a free estimate, reach out to the team at Gopher Sewer & Drain by calling 612-424-2205 or by sending us a message.

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What Our Customers Say

"I called Pedro on a Friday night at 6pm during the Covid-19 pandemic with a floor drain backing up anytime water was used in my house. Miguel was at my house at 8am on Saturday morning and used an auger to clear my main sewer line. Pedro ended up having to come too because my house sits back from the street and they needed more than 100ft of cable to reach the clog. They were able to clear the line and replace the corroded cap in 2 hours and everything is draining great now. They were friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Highly recommend them for service in the Twin Cities and will call them again if I ever need service. It was cheaper than expected so that was great too. I'll be getting my line scoped later this summer and will be using GSD."

Dave, Minnetonka, MN

FAQs on Floor Draining

How do you unblock a floor drain?

If your floor drain is backing up or you see standing water inside the drain, here are the steps taken:

  1. Remove the floor drain cover.
  2. Check to see if the backflow preventer ball float is stuck. If so, we’ll use a long screwdriver to unwedge the ball float and see if water begins to drain. 
  3. Remove the cleanout cover on the side of the drain and, with gloved hands, remove any visible blockages.
  4. Try running a solution of hot water, vinegar and baking soda down the drain, and/or use a plunger to push through small blockages.
  5. Use a drain snake to clear the blockage if all else fails.

Can you snake a floor drain?

Yes, you can use a cable snake to unclog a floor drain. Depending on the severity of the clog and the obstruction, a hydro jet cleaning is also highly effective.

Why is my floor drain backing up?

There are many reasons why your floor drain could be backing up. A couple of common causes include:

  • Mainline backups: These often show up first in your floor drains. If you flush a toilet and you see water coming up your floor drain, this means your sewer line is clogged. You’ll need to unclog the main sewer line as well as the floor drain to resolve the problem.
  • Lint and debris: Appliances such as washing machines can clog the floor drain with lint or other debris. It’s also possible for grease and food from kitchen lines to clog the floor drain too.