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Question DetailsAsked on 4/30/2017

Can you hydro jet inside drain tiles from a sump pit?

Getting seepage at floor to wall in basement with interior clay drain tiles to sump pit.

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You can, but you need to be real careful - if not done in real quick passes, or if the drain tile did not have proper filter gravel put around it initially, you risk washing out soil which is supporting the slab and, for perimeter drains, the foundation, so it needs to be a quick in-and-out job.

My preference, especially if the problem is silting in of the pipes rather than blockage at the holes in the pipes, is using a hose with a jet type nozzle shooting predominately straight ahead to flush out the built-up sediment and commonly algae. This nozzle is what I use for drains when it does not mandate a sewer cleaning contractor -

Really, without a sewer camera to look in the pipes, you have no way of knowing what the issue is - or of determining whether the job was done adequately or not, unless flushing out yourself as a DIY job and just using evidence of seepage around the slab as your indicator of whether it did the job good enough or not.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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