A Guide to Maintaining a Yard Drain
Otherwise known as landscape drains, yard drains are pretty common. Depending on the type of landscaping you do or if you have an ingrown pool in your yard, you might have a yard drain. It’s just like having a drain in your basement floor or the bathtub. In this case, it’s used to prevent your yard from flooding. But just like other drains, a yard drain can get backed up.
If you have a yard drain the best time to service it is in the fall. The fall is the time when the leaves start to fall clogging up your gutters and your drains. If your happen to connect to your yard drain be sure to clear that first before working on the drain. If you don’t do that you’ll just be making more work for yourself. No need to backtrack.
If you’ve serviced your drain and it still isn’t working properly chances are it’s backed up. In this case, there are a few things you can do.
Consider a Drain bladder
A is a rubber bag that you can attach to a garden hose. After you put it on the hose and put the hose in the drain turn the water on. The bag will then become pressurized and seal the pipe. It will then shoot water out at pressure to remove the clog.
Try a Motorized Drain Auger
If you’re familiar with a roto-rooter (used to clear sewer drains), this is pretty much the same thing. use a rotating cutter cable with a head that cuts roots and debris from inside the drain’s pipe.