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Question DetailsAsked on 9/18/2017

I want to check out if I have any clogged underground drain piping before rainy season

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Assuming you mean outdoor drains - foundation french drain, or maybe downspout drains for instance - couple of options:

1) assuming there is an entry point - where a downspout goes in, or a cleanout standpipe and plug at the high end of a french drain, you could just run a hose in at full flow and see if it flows out well. May well be able (assuming outlet is open to air or at least accessible) to remove the inlet cover and shine a bright light in there (or use a shop drop worklight) while you look in from the outlet end to see how blocked the pipe is (will usually have about an inch or so sediment in the bottom - if not clumping with leaves or such, that is usually no problem). If it exits into a wet-well or such you might have to use a mirror to look into the pipe.

In some cases, you may need to tape a mirror (at a 45 degree angle) to a stick or such to lower down into the inlet end to see the unstream portion of the drain, especially if it has a mid-course change of direction

2) Sewer Cleaning is the Search the List category for a run with a sewer camera - or just having them jet is out on general principles while they are there.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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