Leaders flow into backed up underground drain pipes

Old 05-03-09, 10:17 AM
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Unhappy Leaders flow into backed up underground drain pipes

My 70 year old house has four leaders on different sides of the house
We have live here for 11 years and the problem started 4-5 years ago and progressively getting worst
There are pine and hemlock trees (with 1 inch needles) on one side of the house and maple and locust trees on the other side
Three of the four leaders flow into backed-up drain pipes
Two of these three leaders flow into sky-facing 5 inch ID "bell end" clay drain pipes and the third flows into a sky-facing 5in ID white PVC pipe
The free flowing fourth leader flows into a tighter fitting PVC pipe hidden under/behind an leafy evergreen shrub
Everytime it rains, the three problem drains back up within minutes causing the backed up water to down the concrete walkway around the house
I suspect leaves and debris have gotten into the drain pipes (the fourth, free-flowing leader/drain is protected by the heavily-leafed evergreen)
Unfortunately, the three backed-up drains have only 5-6in of drain pipe above the concrete walkways
All suggestions are appreciated -

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Old 05-04-09, 06:23 AM
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A quick fix on any of the drains that go into the ground would be to reroute them 2 or 3 feet away from the house above ground. That saves you the work of digging to replace the drywell.
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Can you try a plumber's snake or are the bends too tight?

Drainage pipe, drain tile, and fittings for a French drain installation Be safe, G

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