How Easy Is It To Unclog A Clogged French Drain?
Unclogging French Drain:
How to unclog a clogged French drain? On this page, you will learn how to do just that.
But before you learn to unclog it, you must know if the French drain is connected to the home drain system, because this will determine the likelihood to unclog it or not.
French drain & home plumbing system:
A French drain that is connected to the home plumbing system has better a chance to be unclogged and maintained than a traditional French drain.
A traditional French drain will likely to stop working after several years of usage because of the ground saturation.
An outside drain that is connected with the internal plumbing can be maintainable by cabling or power-washing the drain pipe and the cable or hose won’t get stuck in the pipe.
However, an outside drain that is connected to your home plumbing system might put the home internal plumbing at risk because the outside drain is always exposed to all kind of debris, for example: tree leaves and dirt which will eventually be pushed through the house plumbing system and, consequently, it could cause the other drain pipes to plug more often.
Causes for a clogged French drain:
If a traditional French drain gets clogged, it is because of the following possible causes:
1 - Accumulation of tree leaves
2 - Mud buildup outside on the top of the drain or underground on top of the gravel or in the bottom of the drain pipe or,
3 – Ground saturation around the drain.
If the problem is ground saturation, the best alternative is to re-do the drain.
How to unplug a traditional French drain?
Let’s assume that the clogged french drain was caused by foreign objects, if this is the case, then, the plug can be easily repaired.
If all that you have is tree leaves on the top of the screen, just put on a pair of latex gloves and remove the leaves from the screen. Wash around the drain really well with a garden hose, this should take care of the problem.
If the problem is the buildup inside the drain, you probably have dirt and/or tree leaves plugging the pipe underground. For this type of problem, you will have to cable or wash the drain to removing the debris from the pipe.
As you cable the drain, try to run a garden hose at the same time, if this does not work, then, it is possible that ground is saturated, which means that the ground can no longer absorb water.
What if the French drain no longer work?
If the clogged French drain no longer work, you might have two options to attempt to fix the problem.
The first option is to rebuild the French drain; however, before you even try that, you need to find out if a new French drain will be able to work and, if so, for how long? You must have the ground inspected by a professional.
The second option would be to install an electrical pump under the concrete inside the drain.
Under diy plumbing pages, you will find more detailed information about building a French drain and installing a pumping system.
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