Do Plumbers Video and Snake Out French Drains?

jrdwyerMay 15, 2009

Our bi-level home was built in 1982. We have exterior French drains connected to an interior sump pump well. Well is pumped to street/storm drain system. We also have a walk-out basement door that has a drain at the bottom level (below basement floor grade) that connects to the French drain. Poured concrete steps then go up to ground level.

The system generally works well (basement dry), but every year or two during especially wet periods the walk-out basement well drains slowly and fills the well up to the door level. I have solved this problem by pulling the iron drain cover and using a plunger on it. After plunging, the silt filled water comes up and then it drains fast again. Good to go.

I suspect that the French drain is partially clogged with soil. I don't know if the drain is solid PVC with holes drilled in it or just flexible plastic pipe with holes (what farmers call tile). Anyway, is it possible to video and/or snake out a French drain system around a house? The only entry points appear to be the hole from the sump pump well and the drain from the walk-out basement steps.

I'm not sure if all plumbers do this type of work, but I decided to post here in case some do and have such experience. Thanks.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kudzu9

Where I live a French drain has no pipe at all. It's simply a drainage ditch that is filled with gravel or drain rock, and then sometimes covered over with soil. If that is the type of French drain you have, it's entirely possible that the drainage stone has silted up over the years.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2009 at 3:01AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Doable...European sink & US bathroom pop-up drain and faucet?
if I purchase a small Belfast sink fron England to...
rantontoo
Water Softener - calling justalurker
Hopefully you are still around. I had reached out a...
toddimt
how to turn off dual water handle on kitchen valves
I need to turn off water to kitchen sink. We have...
akaelsie
Quality of what general contactor is providing
I don't feel qualified to inspect my new home currently...
Larry Lotter
Water softener decision for Austin, Texas city water
I want to better protect my plumbing from wear and...
ivaniphone
Sponsored Products
Freestanding Telephone Tub Faucet, Supplies & Drain - Porcelain Cross Handles
Signature Hardware
Decorative 3-Tier Bakers Rack - 21-269
$119.99 | Hayneedle
Berkeley Outdoor Ottoman, Patio Furniture
$695.00 | FRONTGATE
Designer Drains Designer Drains - Classic Motif No.6 Oatey Drain Rough
Hudson Reed
Geyser Brushed Nickel Umbrella Style Pop-up Drain
Overstock.com
P019 Oval Copper Sink Undermount/Topmount
PLFixtures
X Rocker Boomer Gaming Chair with Wireless 2.1 Speakers
Overstock.com
Roundabout Single-Hole Bathroom Faucet with Pop-Up Drain
Signature Hardware
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™