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Sewer Drain..200 ft Snake ?

Athana
Athana Member Posts: 94
Our house was built with a septic tank to back and was converted to Pipe out to the Street..so it goes around back..down side of house then straight to street..about near 200 ft. Do Plumbers usually have snakes that long ?
Thanks

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  • Larry Weingarten
    Larry Weingarten Member Posts: 2,281
    Hi, Snakes can be coupled together, but a two way cleanout half way along the length of the line would certainly be a nice thing. ;)

    Yours, Larry
    Athana
  • Athana
    Athana Member Posts: 94
    Thank you Larry..so Snakes can be coupled to reach the street drain 200 ft away yes.
    It sure would be great to have a midway clean out..I had a quote once and we just couldnt manage it.
  • Athana
    Athana Member Posts: 94
    One more thing..this is an old house and there are Drain Pipes that come up next to house where Gutters used to empty into..can a snake be sent down one of those to get to and go up main seer pipe.
  • Intplm.
    Intplm. Member Posts: 1,336
    Athana said:

    One more thing..this is an old house and there are Drain Pipes that come up next to house where Gutters used to empty into..can a snake be sent down one of those to get to and go up main seer pipe.

    Some plumbers and drain cleaning companies have a snake with a camera attached to show what is down a drain.
    A snake can be sent down your gutter drains but more often than not, those drains are abandoned because they have filled with dirt and debris or the pipes have deteriorated for many other reasons.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,832
    edited October 2019
    Intplm. said:

    A snake can be sent down your gutter drains but more often than not, those drains are abandoned because they have filled with dirt and debris or the pipes have deteriorated for many other reasons.

    This often causes water leaking into the basement. The Dead Men knew foundations are not watertight, so they installed these drains. It's worth it to clear them and repair them if needed- but they should never empty into a septic system or sanitary sewer.
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  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 17,025
    On the gutter drains -- you really don't want to find out that they go to the main sewer, if they do. In most jurisdictions today it is illegal to connect gutter drains, yard drains, or any other type of storm drain to a sanitary (main) sewer.
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  • Athana
    Athana Member Posts: 94
    Yes company that unclogged Sewer line sent a Camera through the pipe from the Basement Access ..but Pipe exits back of house and circles round before it gets to straight part going to street they could not get Camera more than around 35 ft. in so we could only see inside curved part of Sewer pipe up to about where it goes straight
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,832
    Have someone with a metal detector walk along the route of the sewer line. There may be a cleanout somewhere along there that has been buried- I found two at my house. If you find one, simply have it extended above ground.
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