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Old 05-22-2015, 10:02 AM   #1
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Cleaning a curtain drain pipe


Just discovered my newly purchased 1980's house had a curtain drain system installed by the builder.

There's a 4" white PVC pipe that exits roughly 150' back from my home at the rear property line along the edge of a small brook.

1. Is there a critter cap on the pipe? Of course not!

2. How should I clean this thing out before installing a critter cap?

It this as simple as renting a 100' snake or auger and running it up through the pipe to ensure nothing has clogged it up since the Reagan administration? Or is this a more complex task than I'm thinking it is?
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Just discovered my newly purchased 1980's house had a curtain drain system installed by the builder.

There's a 4" white PVC pipe that exits roughly 150' back from my home at the rear property line along the edge of a small brook.

1. Is there a critter cap on the pipe? Of course not!

2. How should I clean this thing out before installing a critter cap?

It this as simple as renting a 100' snake or auger and running it up through the pipe to ensure nothing has clogged it up since the Reagan administration? Or is this a more complex task than I'm thinking it is?
Ayuh,.... I'd go to the Other end, the Highest point, 'n stuff a garden hose down it, 'n turn it on full blast,....

Then run down to the creek,...
There oughta be a Blast of water by the time ya get there,.....
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Is it plugged up?
Critter cap? A simple piece of 1/4 hardware screening will work.
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If it is plugged up you need to go to the opening and get some lengths of PVC attach a garden hose and start running it through the pipe.If it was built right you should not have a plug unless something crushed the pipe at some point.
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Thanks BrownBear. That's what I'm going to do. I'm a bit suspect because we just had a very heavy rainfall over the past few days and I didn't see any water coming out of the pipe (although we've been in a drought prior to that)

I will also make sure to attach some mesh to the end of the pipe as some others have suggested.
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