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Lester Earl
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Landscape drainage cleaning
I have these 3 small french drains on a low lying patio. After observing them behind the rain this morning, I've come to the conclusion that they are clogged with debris.


It is just standard 4" PVC sewer pipe. Likely clogged with dirt and leaves.

I dont want to pay someone to do this if i can do it myself.

Would this set up from Home Depot likely do the job? Any troubleshooting/safety tips that I should know ?

Image: https://contentgrid.thdstatic.com/hdus/en_US/DTCCOMNEW/fetch/Enterprise/Tool_and_Truck_Rental/Plumbing_Equipment_Rental/drain-cleaner-100x5-8.jpg


CrawDude
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re: Landscape drainage cleaning
Yes - that should work.

If you have a pressure washer and want to spend a few more $ you can purchase a “clog hog” LINK of appropriate length. I own one to clean out lawn drains lines (sewer pipe) in my yard and it does a great job. Two rentals of the sewer line auger will cover the cost of the clog hog hose - I use mine twice a year in one long drain line that runs to the street that tends to clog and reduce drainage flow, primarily from sedimen/dirt deposit it picks up from the yard.
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Lester Earl
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re: Landscape drainage cleaning
I need to invest in a pressure washer for sure.


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lsufishnhunt
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re: Landscape drainage cleaning
I’ve used a drain bladder attached to the water hose with great success.

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Lester Earl
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re: Landscape drainage cleaning
Some of the reviews are iffy on that. I’d like to knock it out in one attempt but damn, I’d save some coin if I could get it to work,

Some of the reviews say to inflate the bladder before putting it in to stretch it out?


DiamondDog
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re: Landscape drainage cleaning
If you have corrugated black pipe you may end up breaking the crap in half with pressure. Most common with catch basins.

Dealing with this crap currently myself.
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Daponch
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re: Landscape drainage cleaning
They have sewer cleaning nozzles you can attach to the pressure washer hose that are inexpensive. I have seen them at Ace hardware, northern tool, etc


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LSUfan20005
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re: Landscape drainage cleaning
To clarify, do they go to daylight or an exit emitter? Or just perf pipe?


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lsufishnhunt
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re: Landscape drainage cleaning
I never inflated it prior to using. I just push it into the pipe until it won’t go any further and then turn the water on. The bladder will expand and make a seal with the pipe. Once sealed, it’ll force the blockage out of the other end.

Note - It’ll only work if you have access to both ends of the pipe


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CrawDude
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re: Landscape drainage cleaning
quote:

Lester Earl


You could try something as simple as this on the end of the garden hose shoving it through and working it back and forth through the sewer pipe drain if you have “stiff” garden hose - if it doesn’t work I’m sure you can find other uses for the nozzle.

Image: https://i.postimg.cc/vBftFPXD/3-A8-AE741-9-C9-B-4559-98-F9-C09-FA4-EAFCB0.jpg


The clog hog hose attached to a pressure washer I posted earlier has a metal bullet tip with jets and it pulls itself through the pipe while cleaning it and breaking up obstructions - it even break up small tree roots if they have grown into the pipe.
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BadatBourre
Member since Jan 2019
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re: Landscape drainage cleaning
Be careful with a drain snake. Almost lost a finger while I was about 17 working after school as a plumbers helper. Back lashed, and just wrapped perfectly around my ringer finger before I was able to get my hand out of the glove. Would have taken it off cleanly, with not so clean water.


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Lester Earl
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re: Landscape drainage cleaning
I rented the machine & of course it screwed up after 1 pass. Spool stopped retracting with about 6’ ft left. I think I got most of it cleared but wanted to run it through again.

I’m going to buy the nozzle & try that when I can get back over there . That’s a good idea,


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