Just like the draining system inside of your house, an outdoor yard drain relies on gravity. Being positioned in a downward slope, water flows from your yard directly into the city’s system. If you notice that your outdoor drain is working very slowly or not at all, it’s most likely clogged.
Why is my outdoor drain clogged?
Outdoor drain clogs occur quite often. High grass, plants and weeds may be growing around the drain openings and exits. As a result, debris is likely to build up quickly, especially with bigger particles. Whenever a big storm rolls through, twigs, leaves and rocks can also be blown into your outdoor drain and cause the same sort of issue. Lastly, dirt and mud can acquire and end up covering the drainage hole or sticking to the inside and preventing water flow.
What preventative measures can I take?
Luckily, preventing your outdoor drain from clogging doesn’t take too much work. It’s best to clear out debris by hand about once a month. To do so, you should be able to locate a catch basin and remove your drain cover. You can either wear gloves or use some sort of tool to scoop out anything foreign that should not be in the drain. If it happens to branch in multiple directions, clean out each branch pipe as far as you are able. It’s also a good idea to periodically flush out your drain pipes with water. Insert a garden hose as far down in the drain as possible and wash away any extra debris.
How do I deal with a tough clog?
- Use a rubber drain bladder. A drain bladder is a heavy-duty rubber bag that expands like a balloon and forces pressurized water into your drain. It should attach directly onto the end of your garden hose for easy assembly.
- Use a motorized drain auger. The tool breaks down clogs and is used to clear the pipes in between your yard drain and the city’s sewer system. The machines come in several sizes, so you must rent one that matches the size of your pipes. In order to effectively clear the clog, you’ll probably have to run the auger in all directions. If you don’t feel comfortable using the machine yourself, call one of our professionals here at Flo Guard.
- Hydro-jetting. When there’s a huge buildup of dirt, sludge and debris, hydro-jetting tends to be the most effective method. In this case, high-pressure water is used to completely clear out a drain line. With that being said, this is definitely a job to leave for a professional! When you call us at Flo Guard, we will have a certified technician sent to your home in less than an hour. We specialize in quick and efficient work and will get your outdoor drain working again in no time!