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Question DetailsAsked on 12/26/2015

Had jet high pressure clean up on my shower drain now there in no water staying on my pipe... What happened?

Had dirt coming up of pipe in the basement shower ...tried to snake ...did not help ...used a high jet pressure cleaning company to clean the pipes...know the water does not stay on the bottom of the shower and I get a funny smell...what happened? What can I do?

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Not sure what you mean by - "now the water does not stay on the bottom of the shower" - because the water should not stay on the floor, it should drain about as fast as it falls in the shower (ideally). If you mean the water is not staying in the trap so sewer gas is coming up (sewage or rotten egg/egg yolk sulfur smell from hydrogen sulfide gas), then he perhaps broke a connection or joint and you are losing the trap water as a leak, wherever it is going. Or he used too high a pressure (this is fairly common) and let it sit one place too long and gouged a hole through your plastic drain pipe.

I would call him back, and tell him to bring his camera (and you need to be watching it too so he does not day you had a failed joint when it might actually be his fault) to see what is happening.

If a joint broke, or deteriorated pipe perforated - not really his fault, probably just happened because it was weak and failed as the drain cleanear ran through it.

If gouged in a deepening gouge that holed through (like a fingernail gouging into a bar of soap) plastic pipe, then he likely used too high a pressure or marginal pressure and let it sit there a bit, causing erosion of the plastic and failure - which he should fix for free.

If he used a pressure blaster - fits tightly in drain and pressures it up (bad practice if high pressure - like over about 20 psi) that can blow weak joints apart if the plug in the pipe is pretty complete, or even split plastic pipe apart. A jet nozzle type that does not seal tight to the drain does not risk that.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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