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Old 06-05-2011, 07:18 PM   #1
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The downspouts on one side of my house were no longer draining to the curb. It was obvious that the underground pipe had collapsed. The culprit seems to have been the large tree in that area and its roots. We had a drainage company come out to replace it. He dug up the yard and went around the tree roots and put in new pipe about two weeks ago. Since then there has been a lot of mud and muddy water coming out the end at the curb. Is this normal? I would think that if the pipe is a completely enclosed system, the water running through it would be mud-free. Thanks in advance for any comments.

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That should be nice clean water, Did they use perforated pipe? If they did thats the culprit--wrong pipe.

Stick a garden hose into the pipe and flush it out--see if it stops belching mud.--Mike--

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The downspouts on one side of my house were no longer draining to the curb. It was obvious that the underground pipe had collapsed. The culprit seems to have been the large tree in that area and its roots. We had a drainage company come out to replace it. He dug up the yard and went around the tree roots and put in new pipe about two weeks ago. Since then there has been a lot of mud and muddy water coming out the end at the curb. Is this normal? I would think that if the pipe is a completely enclosed system, the water running through it would be mud-free. Thanks in advance for any comments.
The collapse scenario is "iffy". If the pipe was a segmented clay pipe, it could have just been roots clogging the pipe.
What pipe was used to replace the clogged system?
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•Pipe Diameter: 3" inside diameter
•Pipe type: SCH30 PVC-PE sewer & drainage pipe

The pipe information is above. They did install a cleanout by the rear downspout, so I'll stick the hose in it tomorrow.
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The dirt could simply be left from the installation---I have been known to fill the trench with water while digging in order to make sure that the trench drains properly.

Them plop the pipe into the muddy water to install it.

I live near a river---we are Illinois flat--I have four 4" pipes to take the sump water to the ditch.
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Well, I put the hose in the cleanout and ran water through it and it seemed to come out clean. Perhaps it was just residual dirt from the job that has now washed away. I'll consider this resolved and thank you for your help.

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