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Old 08-17-2010, 03:51 PM   #1
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Well just bought a house with a pool that's empty. The pool hasn't been used for about 10 years. Well there are 2 drains that are on the outside of the pool but they're filled with dirt. I want to unclog them so when it rains I don't get a huge puddle. I already seen what happens when I washed my hands using the hose.

What's the best way to clear out all the dirt? I was thinking about getting a small shovel or a spoon and digging out the dirt. Then use a small snake.

Any ideas, or just let a pro handle it?

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How big are the holes ?
Do you know where they go to ?
Wet vac might work
Sticking a hose down there going full blast might work too
Wear work clothes & goggles

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How big are the holes ?
Do you know where they go to ?
Wet vac might work
Sticking a hose down there going full blast might work too
Wear work clothes & goggles
The holes are 3 inches.

I'm not sure where they go, but I would guess the sewer.
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They should not go to the sewer. They're storm drains. Probably go to a french drain or storm drain. If they go to a french drain depending on how much debris is in there, you may never clear them. High pressure jetter maybe.
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They should not go to the sewer. They're storm drains. Probably go to a french drain or storm drain. If they go to a french drain depending on how much debris is in there, you may never clear them. High pressure jetter maybe.
I'm not sure on where they go. But I did use wrong term, I did mean to use storm drain, but I don't see a storm drain around.

How much would a high pressure jetter cost for someone to come out and do it?
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I'm not sure on where they go. But I did use wrong term, I did mean to use storm drain, but I don't see a storm drain around.

How much would a high pressure jetter cost for someone to come out and do it?
That really depends on who you call and can vary a lot.

First I would try your initial plan and see if you can dig most of it out with spoon, shop vac, whatever. It probably doesn't have a trap under it, so once you get the first part of the 90 dug out you should be able to see if the rest is clear. If so, try running some water with a garden hose.
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That really depends on who you call and can vary a lot.

First I would try your initial plan and see if you can dig most of it out with spoon, shop vac, whatever. It probably doesn't have a trap under it, so once you get the first part of the 90 dug out you should be able to see if the rest is clear. If so, try running some water with a garden hose.
So it should have a 90 deg in it? I'll try sticking a hanger in the dirt and see how far down it goes.
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So it should have a 90 deg in it? I'll try sticking a hanger in the dirt and see how far down it goes.
That would be my guess
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Well I have able to clear out one of the drains. It leads out to the street. Now the other drain just has dirt in it, no pipe. I was able to get to the bottom edge of the concrete and that's when I realized that there's no pipe. I dug about 6-8 inches, but ran out of daylight. I did feel something hard at on my last attempt, it might have been a rock or something I'll have to check today. I'll try and see if I can take a picture.

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