Clogged french drain

Old 05-16-04, 04:22 AM
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My house is 50 years old - I've owned it for 2 years and it always leaks when there is measurable rain. Last week I had the leaky wall - it leaks at the cove - waterproofed with a volcanic substance that is injected into the groun around the outside of the foundation. Big rain last night and no puddle yet! However, I do notice that the floor has a "dark" spots - I'm assuming it's ground water beneath the floor of the basement. No actual water - just damp looking patches on the concrete. There is a sump hole in one corner and I can see two pipe ends opening into this hole from two vertical sides of the hole - it appears to be a french drain. The sump hole usually has water in it when it rains - but I don't see any water draining from those two pipe openings. Would a roto-rooter type service be of any use on those pipes?
Old 05-18-04, 12:59 PM
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Would a roto-rooter type service be of any use on those pipes?
I wonder if what they did outside put stuff in the drain pipes??? I dont think you can if the pipe is a PVC type. Call and ask them after you find out what kind of pipe is in the drain. Have you tried just a plumbers snake yet ?

Old 05-18-04, 06:17 PM
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Thanks. The pipe in the french drain - if in fact what I can see is a french drain - is definitely not pvc. It looks like about 4" clay-type pipe. House is 50 years old. And it has appeared to be not draining anything since I moved in the house. I'll call roto-rooter - maybe they'll send someone out to take a look. In the meantime, we have had a couple of serious rainstorms since I have had the volclay pumped into the ground and my basement stayed dry!

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