Check Outside Drains for Clogs if You See Any of These Signs

[fa icon="calendar"] August 16, 2018 / by Home Services Expert

outside drain-139900161Did you know that keeping your outside drains (including your sewer) clear is just as important as keeping your inside drains and pipes clear? Having a blocked outside drain or sewer can only lead to a disaster for your entire indoor plumbing system.

What are some of the signs that tell you it’s time to check your outside drains for a clog? We found this really helpful article giving you a list of five different problems you could be having that show you have a clogged pipe outside.


5 Signs You Need Your Plumbing Drains Cleaned

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The big question is how do you know when it is time to schedule your drain cleaning service? Below are some signs that you should be aware of.


1) Water Coming Up in House

The first one is an obvious one. Seeing water coming up in your house is sign that you are having drainage issues. There are many examples of this but one of the most common is when you flush your toilet the water comes up into your tub or shower. This is happening because there is an obstruction in the bathroom drainage branch and the waste has nowhere to go but an open drain like the shower. 


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What happens after you’ve determined that somewhere in your outside drain or sewer there’s a clog? The first thing you should do is try and assess if it’s a problem you can fix on your own with just a few hours of work or if it’s a problem better left to a professional plumber.


There are times where we think the job is an easy fix and we only end up making the issue worse. No need to fret, we’ve all be there at one time or another. It’s important to remember that one of the best parts about calling an Expert is that you know it’s going to be fixed right the first time and nothing else will be broken in the process.


If you’re feeling brave enough to try and tackle the problem on your own, you can try some of the tactics in the article below. They also give you a list of tools to use when the basic tools such as your hand or a garden hose fail to work.  


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How to clear a blocked outside drain by hand

Not every clog requires specialty tools. Every outside area drain should have a grate to filter out debris and leaves. This would include anything from a large city catch basin, to a small area drain for a stairwell (which is similar to a floor drain inside a building). Besides cleaning the grate itself, other action is required. Some small leaves, dirt, and debris, however, will find themselves into the sump of the drain, and then accumulate to form a clog. To clear the drain, open the grate to see if there is an accumulation of debris directly beneath it.


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When in doubt the best option is to call an Expert and get your problem fixed as soon as possible. Contact us today and get a quote!

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