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Drain Blocked..

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  1. marvoni

    marvoni Active Member

    I've had problems with our main drain blocking for about 10 years now. Every 9-12 months it blocks and I had to rod it. I had it down to a fine art with a 20 meter length of class 10 HDPE pipe and it usually took me about 15 minutes.

    I tried clearing it last week and for some reason it just wouldn't clear so I got in a company with one of those water pump and snake machines. 2 hours later they gave up and suggested I start digging. So I did.

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  2. marvoni

    marvoni Active Member

    The rodding eye in the middle of the hole was conveniently located almost a foot underground below the brick paving.

    I took some consolation in that even if it had been accessible it wouldn't have been much help.


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  3. marvoni

    marvoni Active Member

    This was the best I could do with what I had available.


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  4. king of pipes

    king of pipes Trusted Plumber GSR

    Not a pleasant job mate but looks like you have it sorted always a pita to connect two fixed points . Cheers kop
  5. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Looks good never seen the pvc in that much of a state normally just cracks or a bit falls off but not half the pipe :D
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  6. Murdoch

    Murdoch Active Member

    I keep seeing "new" work without "rodding" points - are BCO's blind these days?
  7. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    They don't see them as they don't have to be inspected
  8. marvoni

    marvoni Active Member

    I thought it might have been tricky to repair with both pipes being fixed and I even bought what's know locally as a Kimberly coupling which slides all the way onto a pipe but it was pretty easy to get everything fitted and I didn't need the special fitting.
  9. michcosg

    michcosg Member

    Interesting marvoni Looks like a neat job. Whatever about the need for rodding eyes, I didn't realise you could use 1 1/2" pipe underground - don't clearly do much drainage! Wondering now how this connects to the main drainage? Whatever, as your case would seem to illustrate, 4" would seem at least better practise
  10. skoronesa

    skoronesa Member

    Why not just heat one of the pipes with your blowtorch and bend it tighter. Then you could just use one of those 60's and a coupling.
  11. marvoni

    marvoni Active Member

    The pipes and fittings are all 110mm which is pretty close to 4 inch.

    I'm not the fastest worker but I finally got the driveway finished. So far so good, the drain has been fine but I guess I'll only know for sure over the next 12 months.



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