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  • Patio Drain Clogged

    Hi,
    I am trying to figure out whether I should try to unclog a patio drain or abandon the pipe and run a new one.

    The drain is in an upstairs patio and the pipe runs inside the structure, beneath the flooring and down the inside of the corner pillar.

    I think there's a rock or other masonry debris in the drain right at the first elbow.

    Can I use one of them-there water-pressure thingies to try to back-flush the pipe? It would have to travel a good 25 feet.

    Thanks,
    Pat
    If it ain't broke, I haven't seen it.

  • #2
    Re: Patio Drain Clogged

    you could try a blow bag, but make sure you don't blow the pipe apart.

    the blow bag can generate the line pressure of approx. 60#.

    waste lines are only required to hold 5#. and that's new pipe.

    can you snake backwards?

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • #3
      Re: Patio Drain Clogged

      You can have the line inspected with a camera to find out whats wrong with/in the pipe. Depending on what is found you can make a determination from there on what to do next.

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      • #4
        Re: Patio Drain Clogged

        I finally finished the job. What I ended up doing was accessing the pipe from beneath the patio and replacing the first elbow.

        It was full of a hardened tar-like substance. The job ended up to be simple and I didn't have to abandon the rest of the pipe. Just re-stucco the hole and it's done.
        If it ain't broke, I haven't seen it.

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        • #5
          Re: Patio Drain Clogged

          Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
          you could try a blow bag, but make sure you don't blow the pipe apart.

          the blow bag can generate the line pressure of approx. 60#.

          waste lines are only required to hold 5#. and that's new pipe.

          can you snake backwards?

          rick.
          Yes, I did try the blow bag. What happened was that the bladder crept up out of the hole and split before my helper could get the water turned off. And, after I found out that it was that hard tarry substance in the elbow, I saw why. I have a feeling that substance was from an ex-tenant who was doing automotive speaker installations. Several people were doing that when I first moved here. They got mastic everywhere.

          I'm glad I decided to just replace the elbow. I flushed the rest of the pipe and it ran clear.
          If it ain't broke, I haven't seen it.

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