Blocked drain in back garden

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  1. HERTSDRAINAGE2010

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    thanks andy
    thats the thing - i don't want to clog up the garage more by buying this :)
    i'd rather pay £5 and borrow from somewhere!
     
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    Standalone plunger ..........it`s called a floormop :idea: Made by ADDIS and found @ any DIY store ;) We have 2 on the go - one for mopping the floor and when it gets tatty it`s relegated to outside gulley cleaning ;) Andy is just too tecchy with his 2kPSi jetters etc . :D
     
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    Nige.........................3k PSI. Do you mind!

    Andy
     
  5. OM2

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    nige, are u saying i should try shoving an ordinary mop down the drain???
    before i destroy a mop or 2, just wanted to confirm
    thanks
     
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    Gee Whizz,I`ll be glad when ya get this drain cleared. :confused: :eek: :LOL: :rolleyes:
     
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    Yes - that`s a gulley you have shown a picture of - just a large version of the trap under your sink :idea: the mop will act as a plunger in the gulley - jab it vigorously up and down while someone pours a bucket of water in the gulley . You won`t wear it out ;)
     
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    thanks nige
    i'll give that a go tmrw
    i'll reply to this thread if i have success - or if i just end up all smelly because i've splashed everywhere
     
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    OM2, how did you get on with the blockage ?
    Ya hav`nt got back like ya said ya would either way.
    I`m expecting my main drain to block anytime so I
    Can give this B @ Q attachment for my Bosch
    Pressure washer a try out.Hopefully won`t need it
    Fingers crossed. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:


    Lewis Doubtfire
     
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    i haven't unblocked yet!
    it's still as it is!
    i will have a go tomorrow
    i need to go an buy a mop first!

    plan of attack:

    - hot water
    - attack with a mop head

    i'll post a few pics to show the aftermath
     
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    If our drain had been blocked that long, my missus would be using my head down it, never mind waiting to buy a mop.
     
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    Whatever you do just dont rush it :confused:
     
  13. OM2

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    guys... i thought i'd give an update

    finally... after all this time... i gave it a go at trying to fix

    the day before yesterday i got a mop and a sink plunger (i thought it might have some use)

    i started with the mop
    what a daft idea i thought!!
    what is this actually going to do????
    i stuck the plunger down as it seemed it might be of more use
    no joy

    then i noticed the another drain 2m away
    i looked ta the and saw the plastic grill (i think that's what it's called)
    aaah! now i get it - now i understand how the mop will work!!

    but then i had a lighting strike idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    yeee ha!
    why not just buy a pipe extension and put the pipe down the other drain
    problem solved
    i am sooo sooooo clever!!!!!!!!

    well given that i had everything ready, i thought i'd try unlocking anyway
    so i took water from the first drain and put it into the second
    i poured hot water down the drain and shoved the mop down there
    in total, we must have used 10+ jugs of hot water

    got really dirt and stinky :(

    no joy :(

    but then, i noticed that the second drain water had now risen and had stayed there
    ****!

    my next brainwave told me that the 2 drains where connected to the same under sewage piping
    damn!

    still not ready to give up... i plunged more and more with the mop
    i was like a madman - not surprised the neighbours didn't call the police :)

    then i noticed bits of string
    where the **** did that come from???
    then i realised that the mop string was coming off!!!!!!!!!
    aaaah!!! that's the last thing i want! mop string stuck down there
    i don't think much went down there

    i've realised now that the water has been over flowing for a LOONG time
    i really should have fixed a looong time ago!

    odd thing with the mop: i plunged and plunged - water goes down
    BUT, when i plull back up - MORE water fills the drain!!

    i don't know what my next step should be?

    should i still try to solve myself by investing in a drain kit?
    or should i buy the pressure water attachement??
    this costs about £60 + i'll have to borrow a pressure washer
    (hoping that the attachment thing is universal!)

    need help!!!
    my garden will be filled with sewage water otherwise!

    thanks!
     
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    About 3 or 4 weeks ago , my daughter phoned me up asking if I had any drain rods as her drain was blocked. (I do have some so called round on the Saturday) Rodded her drains ,from a manhole in her back garden for about 20 minutes and nothing was going anywhere. Followed the route of the drain across 3 neighbours gardens and found another manhole. Asked this neighbour if I could have a look. Lifted this manhole (where the drains now go into the main sewer. Bingo !!!! big blockage in this manhole. A few minutes with the rods and the drains were flowing easily again.

    Your drains may well be fine and there could be a manhole further along the drainage system that's blocked ;) ;) ;) ;)
     
  15. OM2

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    john, can u come round my place. tomorrow at 9.30am should be fine
    thanks
    lol
    :) :) :)

    hmm... see... that just makes it worse now!
    i was thinking of buying one of those reverse pressure hosepipe things
    on ebay, i can buy for £50 - £60
    i thought, rather than call someone out and pay them £100 - £200 (i've no idea how much it will cost)... i might as well invest in one of these

    but now... what u've said changes everything!!

    u say u had a rod set?
    were they something like this:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12PC-DRAIN-ROD-SET-UNBLOCKER-9M-DRAINS-RODS-SEWAGE-/280524839936

    dumb question: do the rods go down the pipes?
    someone in an earlier post said that they couldn't bend round 45 degrees or something?

    let me know

    thanks

    whatever happens: i realise (several weeks later) that the problem needs to be fixed ASAP[/b]
     

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