View Full Version : Any tips on how to unblock an outside drain?


Green Web
04-01-2008, 14:30
The outside drain where the toilet waste goes to is blocked, so far i've tried poking it, Jeyes Fluid and this Mr Muscle drain cleaner i've just bought all of which have made no difference. :help:

Snook
04-01-2008, 14:35
Find someone with a set of dyno-rods?

40summat
04-01-2008, 14:35
Have you checked the foul drain manhole outside, to see if it is surcharged green web?

Edit... i just noticed you have, if there is another manhole down stream of the one you tried 'poking' see if it is clear, if it is you need to push some drain rods up towards the blockage to clear.
If the down stream manhole is also blocked you need to push them down stream as the blockage will be down stream.

You will need to buy or hire some drain rods though

neeeeeeeeeek
04-01-2008, 14:36
Drain rods... It's not very nice.. you get used to the smell after a while.
I borrowed some of someone on the forum, I can't remember who it was though.

Green Web
04-01-2008, 14:37
Have you checked the foul drain manhole outside, to see if it is surcharged green web?

Yes i have and it looks and flows fine, sorry should of stated that.

Green Web
04-01-2008, 14:38
Drain rods... It's not very nice.. you get used to the smell after a while.
I borrowed some of someone on the forum, I can't remember who it was though.

Where can you buy'em from? Just been to Wilkinsons and couldn't find anything other than this Mr Muscle stuff i've just bought.

Lil_Rainbow
04-01-2008, 14:48
I have heard that coffee helps.
Oh sorry I think that is expresso problems :(

40summat
04-01-2008, 14:56
No amount of chemical will shift a fould drain blockage. you can buy a set of drain rods from Wickes.
if you get some, try the plunger with short quick plungeing from the toilet bowl, if the pressure of that doesn't move it go to the manhole outside and use the pigtail attatchment on the end of the rods, and push them up stream (towards the toilet) when you feel the blockage give the rods a twist CLOCKWISE (or you will loose your rods) it should grip, pull back to get it flowing, repeat until it clears.

Green Web
04-01-2008, 15:33
Thanks 40summat much appreciated, just phoned Wickes and they have some dyno rods instock so i'm now off to buy some now and give it a try.

JoeP
04-01-2008, 16:01
I had to do this 26 years ago in my house in Manchester.

I was fragrant for several days afterward.... :rolleyes:

laughalot01
04-01-2008, 16:04
when i first looked at the title i thought it said how to unblock outside trains :hihi: good job i looked again

whitewitch
06-01-2008, 23:37
i had blocked drains outside the house, partner got a high powered pressure washer on it, worked a treat

rocky1
06-01-2008, 23:47
hi if you need help pm me and i will send you my number been in the drainage buisness 16 years.

Ms Macbeth
07-01-2008, 05:32
i had blocked drains outside the house, partner got a high powered pressure washer on it, worked a treat

We had a blocked drain recently, and that was the advice we were given - to try breaking down the blockage by using hosepipe or pressure washer. Worked for us too.

dane-katie
07-01-2008, 06:46
Were on a septic tank, and recently with the floos the ground got really wet so we ended up getting blocked up too was quite smelly LOL

when useing the drianig rods, make sure you do twist them otherwise you will definatly loose them! and when that happens its not good fun lol.

good luck

ukrod1
29-12-2011, 10:04
This is a very short but hopefully valuable tip that will come in handy to many readers, how to unblock a drain for free. Well, the easiest way is to start by putting old clothing on and find your self a pair of rubber gloves. Remove the drain cover with a small sharp tool such as a flat screw driver and then insert your hand in to the drain to remove any debris that you can feel resting at the bottom of the drain sump. Generally this will unblock most drains, but if it doesnt, here's what to try next. Insert a running hose pipe in to the drain and let it run. If the drain fills up with water then obviously there is still a blockage and further action is necessary. Sorry folks, but it's time to get down on your knees again! Insert your hand into the drain and feel around for a small hole which will be around the size of a tennis ball. When you have located the hole, guide the hosepipe in to the hole and gently push it through the pipe work until it will go no further and reaches the blockage. Turn the tap on and whilst the water is flowing, gently pull and push the hose pipe back and forth until the blockage clears and waste water begins to flow again. That's it..... well hopefully it is, but if not, feel free to check out my profile website or visit ukrod.com if you need further assistance. :)