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Removing Compacted Roots From Rain Drainage

Postby Donskiboy » Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:38 pm

I have a 1960's bungalow which has a slope in the back garden. The rear enclosed ground drain from the roof gutter down pipe is blocked as before I owned the property someone decided to put a brick flower bed next to the drain, the roots from the bed have blocked the drain. I've been trying to unblock it with drain cleaner and a Karcher drain clearer hose and only managed to get about 8 inches past the bend, the water is draining but very slowly, any ideas on what I can use to get out the compacted roots? Also I'm assuming I've got a soak away as I've put a hose down the other 2 down pipes and they drain OK but they're not connected to the main bathroom /kitchen drain (had inspection cover up).
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Postby stoneyboy » Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:54 pm

Hi donskiboy,
You will probably have to dig out the drain run to solve this.
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Postby Donskiboy » Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:22 am

That would be my last resort as it's in concrete.
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Postby Donskiboy » Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:21 pm

Managed to clear the blockage with a 6ft length of plastic curtain rail.
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Postby Donskiboy » Tue Apr 14, 2020 3:27 pm

Assuming as the rainwater is not going down the sewer that it runs into a soakaway, so hopefully I'll get some money back from Southern Water.
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