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    I have a 4" sewer that has a section 9 ft long with 3/4" gravel in it, 1/2 full. I have tried augering, doesn't work great, just moves the gravel around. I wanted to try the funnel head but thought I might get it stuck. I also have a jetter that I am going to try, it is 3.5gpm, 3500 psi. Is this enough gpm. I have had success before with smaller amounts of gravel, but this is a fair bit. I also cannot reverse jet, and no clean out at the street connection. Stones start at 40ft from cleanout inside house. Any thoughts? Thanks

  • #2
    Re: stones in drain pipe

    Is it possible to use a Vector Truck?

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    • #3
      Re: stones in drain pipe

      I have used a Ridgid shop vac with sump pump/washing machine hose to remove stone in a similar situation.

      I used an electrician fish tape, and about a roll of duct tape, attached to the hose to guide it in.

      It was a total PIA but once that fist "key" stone let go, it went pretty good.

      Also used a camera to help see/guide what I was doing.
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      • #4
        Re: stones in drain pipe

        Why can't you pull the gravel back to the clean out in the house. How high is the clean out off the floor? Use a large garbage can under the clean if you can to collect the water while jetting back to you. If its in the floor try a shop vac as you are jetting or a vac truck. If your jet is to small use a larger jet.

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        • #5
          Re: stones in drain pipe

          I can pull the stones back into the house, the clean out is at floor level, I have not tried the jetter yet, am going back tomorrow, ran out of time tonight. In your opinions, will 3.5 gpm work or should I arrange for a larger vac truck or jetter.
          Thanks

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          • #6
            Re: stones in drain pipe

            3.5gpm at 40' out will take a real, real, real..................
            long time

            a root ranger with it's all rearward jet will be a good choice. but still, 9' section, 40' away will take lots of time with 3.5gpm.

            is it possible to dig at the 40' spot and jet it into the ditch?

            that or hire a company with a big jetter and suck it back out your existing c/o.

            you'll also need a camera to make sure you got it all.

            rick.
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            • #7
              Re: stones in drain pipe

              I cannot dig it up, but I could hire a company with a larger jetter. I would like to try and flush it out because it is a little difficult to bring the stones back. Could an auger push it out, any luck with that?

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              • #8
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                How many bends between the obstruction and the CO?
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                • #9
                  Re: stones in drain pipe

                  There are four bends, one is a section on a 45 down, one is a 90 and 45.

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                  • #10
                    Re: stones in drain pipe

                    3.5 gpm may do it, may not. I think you'll just pile it up at the bends trying to pull it back. You'll never pull it up anything even vaugely close to vertical, like if the line stair steps down. How far to the main from where it's at? I'd be trying to flush it out. run a ton of water while stirring it up with cable or jetter. How did it get in there? that much it's got to be a break in the line or kids playing with the cleanout. If it's a break it's got to be dug anyway.
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