Why is my outside drain blocked?

Why is my outside drain blocked?

In many cases the cause of a blockage in the exterior drainage system, particularly around grates, grids, and guttering, is as simple as a build-up of debris, silt and leaves. Alternatively, around sink discharge pipes, the cause could be the dreaded fats, oils and grease (FOG).

How do you unclog a drain pipe without a snake?

All you need to do is take a cupful of baking soda and pour it down the drain. Consequently, pour a cupful of white vinegar down the same drain. Thereafter, wait for around 10-15 minutes for the baking soda and vinegar solution to break up and clear the clog.

How do you unblock an outside drain UK?

A great way to clear a blockage without using chemicals is to use a hose or pressure jet to force the obstruction through the pipe. To do this, you should first clear the drain as much as possible using your hands or tools and then scoop out the water to a manageable level.

How do I know if my outside drain is blocked?

Signs associated with a blocked drain can include:

  1. Unpleasant odours coming from drain. Blocked drains tend to emit foul/ unpleasant odours.
  2. Slow drainage. If there is a blockage present in the pipe, any water will drain slowly.
  3. Raised water levels.
  4. Gurgling sounds.

How do you snake an outside drain?

Overview of Steps

  1. Locate and clean around the outside of the cleanout plug to keep leaves and dirt from falling into it.
  2. Place the root cutting head of the auger in the cleanout access and turn on auger’s power.
  3. Feed the auger cable into the drain until resistance can be felt as it meets and begins to cut at roots.

Should outside drain have water in it?

When looking in the drain, there should be flowing water and no visible signs of blockage. A blockage can be identified if the water in the drain is blocked and not flowing. Outside drains are often blocked up with leaves and other types of debris and dirt.

Can drains unblock themselves?

In some cases, drains can unblock themselves depending on the nature of the blockage. For example, if your drain has become blocked due to tree root ingress, it will not be able to unblock itself (and require an engineer to conduct a CCTV drain survey to assess the problem and identify a solution).

How do you know if your lateral line is clogged?

Look out for the following symptoms:

  1. Drains that drain slowly or make a gurgling sound.
  2. Multiple interior drains backing up or clogged at the same time.
  3. Drains that backup in reaction to other drains being used.

How do I know if my sewer line is clogged?

Signs Your Sewer Line May Be Clogged

  1. Dark Water. One of the signature symptoms of a main-drain clog is water backing up in your tubs or showers.
  2. Slow-Moving Drains. Take a minute to think about the drains in your home.
  3. Gurgling Sounds.
  4. Clogged Plumbing Fixtures.
  5. Turn Off the Water.
  6. Call a Plumber.