Overflowing sewage line

butterfly1061October 10, 2011

I noticed that my sewage drain/pipe in the front yard is flowing when the toilets are flushed - mainly water. I noticed a very small amount of toilet paper in the yard. Is the main drain clogged? And can I unclog this myself? I really can afford to call a plummber/roto rooter service. I have read to try using a pressure washer or poor liquid plummber down the pipe. Any help will be appreciated.

Renee

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brickeyee

"I noticed a very small amount of toilet paper in the yard. Is the main drain clogged? "

How are you seeing anything inside an intact pipe?
Sounds clogged and broken.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 12:16PM
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jakethewonderdog

Renee,

What I'm guessing is that you have a cleanout in your yard and sewage is coming out the cleanout. Is that the case?

The answers to your questions are:

1. No, don't use any drain opener for this. They work only in very limited circumstances (hair/grease in sink trap... and then only sometimes) They do not work on mains. They also are a big problem for any plumber that will follow after because they are strong acids or bases.

2. This probably isn't a DIY project unless you are experienced with running a power auger. It's easy to run into problems and cause a much bigger problem (such as a broken auger cable in the drain)

Find a reputable company and have the work done.

They may send a camera down the drain to look for the source of the clog (roots, broken drain tile, etc.)

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 2:02PM
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brickeyee

"What I'm guessing is that you have a cleanout in your yard and sewage is coming out the cleanout. "

It is supposed to have a cap screwed in.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 4:52PM
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butterfly1061

I have been told to call the city where I live and get them to check and see if it's their problem. Wondering if the problem is their drain clogged/broken. Is that what I should do? The only tree near the drain is at the opening, but I don't see any roots. I was able to put a 7-8 ft pole down the drain, but it didn't hit anything.

Yes, it should have a cap, but the builder didn't put one on - the opening part of the drain in yard is broken - jagged. It's been that way since I bought the house in 2005.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 9:23PM
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brickeyee

"Yes, it should have a cap, but the builder didn't put one on - the opening part of the drain in yard is broken - jagged. It's been that way since I bought the house in 2005."

Cut the line off flush and put a cover in place.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2011 at 11:23AM
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