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Aug 7, 2022 - 7:16:35 AM
8109 posts since 9/5/2006

any of you DYI fixers have a trick up your sleeve to unclog a 4 inch corrugated underground that drains a downspout from the roof ???????  55 to 60 feet long

i know CALL THE MAN !

Edited by - 1935tb-11 on 08/07/2022 07:17:09

Aug 7, 2022 - 7:31:09 AM

STUD

USA

36217 posts since 3/5/2008

Air compressor.

Aug 7, 2022 - 7:50:50 AM
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rinemb

USA

14842 posts since 5/24/2005

Yes. Garden hose with high pressure nozzle on the end. I taped 25 feet of conduit pipe onto my hose for ram and shove power and worked that up my buried patio drain 4” drain pipe. But luckily I had straight above ground access at the other end due to contour of my yard.
For a plugged down spout, I taped my hose onto a 10 ft length of steel conduit and worked it down from the top.
I have also used in tandem a running hose and a manual roto rooter drain unclogger. Brad

Aug 7, 2022 - 8:42:16 AM

13364 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

Yes. Garden hose with high pressure nozzle on the end. I taped 25 feet of conduit pipe onto my hose for ram and shove power and worked that up my buried patio drain 4” drain pipe. But luckily I had straight above ground access at the other end due to contour of my yard.
For a plugged down spout, I taped my hose onto a 10 ft length of steel conduit and worked it down from the top.
I have also used in tandem a running hose and a manual roto rooter drain unclogger. Brad


I think Brad has it right ..... high pressure nozzle on a hose.  Your pipe is probably corrugated both on the inside and outside which means that the nozzle can catch up on the corrugation and be hard to push the hose ......especially when you have inserted a good length of hose into the pipe.  ADs, who makes most of the plastic pipe also makes a smooth wall (N12) corrugated pipe which is much stronger and better, but more expensive, so most people go with the cheaper pipe.

Aug 7, 2022 - 10:07:01 AM

WesB

USA

449 posts since 12/17/2014

Brad's got it and it goes without saying that you attack it from the downstream end. Depending upon how packed the stuff is, it really helps to have a length of pipe on the end of the hose. Cut the end of the pipe on an angle so that you can use it to dig into the blockage. Hose should be stiff enough so that you can drag it back and then ram it forward.

Aug 7, 2022 - 11:34:30 AM

STUD

USA

36217 posts since 3/5/2008

1 1/4"x 8"...
Might do it...

Aug 7, 2022 - 12:36:12 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

26310 posts since 6/25/2005

If those tricks fail, rent a power drain snake.

Aug 7, 2022 - 1:58:40 PM
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rinemb

USA

14842 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink
quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

Yes. Garden hose with high pressure nozzle on the end. I taped 25 feet of conduit pipe onto my hose for ram and shove power and worked that up my buried patio drain 4” drain pipe. But luckily I had straight above ground access at the other end due to contour of my yard.
For a plugged down spout, I taped my hose onto a 10 ft length of steel conduit and worked it down from the top.
I have also used in tandem a running hose and a manual roto rooter drain unclogger. Brad


I think Brad has it right ..... high pressure nozzle on a hose.  Your pipe is probably corrugated both on the inside and outside which means that the nozzle can catch up on the corrugation and be hard to push the hose ......especially when you have inserted a good length of hose into the pipe.  ADs, who makes most of the plastic pipe also makes a smooth wall (N12) corrugated pipe which is much stronger and better, but more expensive, so most people go with the cheaper pipe.


Use an old fashion fire hose type nozzle. Not one with a handle. Sorry for lack of clarity. Or the ones that come with those expanding hoses. 

Aug 7, 2022 - 3:56:44 PM

donc

Canada

7015 posts since 2/9/2010
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I live in an area of non- stop rain for about 9 months of the year. Several years ago the city building department outlawed the use of the accordion style pipe. By its very nature the valleys in each V- corrugation gather a permanent layer of mud and rocks. A home across the street needed tens of thousands of dollars worth of work about 10 years ago. The pipe was buried about 5 feet below where the earth crushed several sections of this light gauge pipe. Unfortunately the home was surrounded by cement sidewalks and a wide driveway. Most of the bill was to replace all the concrete.

Aug 8, 2022 - 5:32:11 AM

8109 posts since 9/5/2006

already did the fire hose nozzle with a snake... it drains,, but is too slow to keep up with heavy rain flow. snake keeps catching on the ridges inside the pipe. what i have had float out the top looks like leaves and tags from willow oaks. the first 18 feet is under concrete patio then into the front yard and down to the drainage ditch at the road probably 60 feet total . i put a temp pipe on it for now to kick it out to the driveway and away from the house.

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Aug 8, 2022 - 11:35:12 AM

13364 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by 1935tb-11

already did the fire hose nozzle with a snake... it drains,, but is too slow to keep up with heavy rain flow. snake keeps catching on the ridges inside the pipe. what i have had float out the top looks like leaves and tags from willow oaks. the first 18 feet is under concrete patio then into the front yard and down to the drainage ditch at the road probably 60 feet total . i put a temp pipe on it for now to kick it out to the driveway and away from the house.


I've got one running on top of the ground now ...... too lazy to dig a trench by hand for it.  Probably better to spring for a smooth inside wall on my next go-round as less likely to clog.

Aug 8, 2022 - 12:01:01 PM

RonR

USA

1979 posts since 11/29/2012

Tree roots are tough. They usually require the plumber with a drain cleaning machine.

Aug 8, 2022 - 12:24:10 PM
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WesB

USA

449 posts since 12/17/2014

quote:
Originally posted by STUD

1 1/4"x 8"...
Might do it...


... plus about 12" of fuse and a cap.   Might be a bit fast though. Added benefit:  shorter run of pipe to clear next time.  A better solution might be about a half pound of Alliant Bullseye.  Should push the goo out the other end like toothpaste. I wouldn't warn the neighbors.  No sense in worrying them unnecessarily.

Aug 8, 2022 - 2:52:40 PM

8109 posts since 9/5/2006

anybody ever used a drain bladder to blow it out with ?

Aug 8, 2022 - 6:48:08 PM

Buddur

USA

3336 posts since 10/23/2004

Replace the line...

...every other method is temporary.

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