Clogged drain pipe and water seeps into basement

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Old 07-26-13, 08:13 AM
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Clogged drain pipe and water seeps into basement

Hi,

There is a concrete around the house with a small drain near one corner(see pics).
After heavy rains water always gathers in this corner with its level up to 1/2 ft.
When I remove cover from this drain I see an open pipe clogged from both ends.
I have two questions.
1. Where could this pipe go and is it worth trying to unclog it? There is also a downspout nearby whose path probably merges somewhere under the ground with this pipe. I am afraid if I try to unclog the pipe I will push the dirt and clog the water path from downspoute.

2. What could be the most likely path of seepage into basement? Could it seep through the brick wall because the water level outside stays high, or it could actually seep from that drain, which is very close to the foundation.
Thanks in advance for any input.

P.S. I am not sure if it's the right forum for my question, maybe I shoukd've posted in the Bricks/concrete forum? Name:  drain_open.jpg
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Old 07-26-13, 08:36 PM
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The drain could go to a few places, a dry well, to the street or it could go to a sewer line. It's really not supposed go to sewer line but it's been done before. Look at the curb to see if there is an outlet there.

I would try to unclog it. That could stop the water from going into the house.
 
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Old 07-28-13, 08:17 AM
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Pulpo,

Thanks for reply. The house is old and this pipe looks to me like a retrofit rather than an original one. I'll try to unclog it and will see what happens.
 
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Okay, let us know what happened.
 
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Okay, let us know what happened.
I had a professional unclog the pipe. Since then there were several heavy rains but the basement did not get water. The clogged pipe seemed to be the cause of the problem. Thank you everyone who provided an input.
 
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