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Old 08-22-2015, 08:25 PM   #1
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4" clean out tool...

The only reason I put this post in the plumbing section is because my issue is with 4" perforated PVC pipe that drains the perimeter of the footing around the basement to the road ditch 300 feet away. The steady flow is CRAZY maybe a gallon a minute, so it's critical to keep this pipe clear.

I WISH I knew what the product was called but have no name for it. The pipe is white, smooth on the inside (corrugations are on the outside) The slits are about the width of a couple sheets of paper.

Where the pipe exits the soil, as you can imagine grass roots grow into the pipe through the slits, the calcium (and other minerals) in the pipe attach to the grass roots and eventually it builds up to the point of clogging the pipe. The calcium is hard, breakable, but hard. This after noon I rented a mini excavator and dug up the shallowest 50 feet and will be replacing it with schedule 40 solid PVC.

The issue is where I transition between the old and new pipes, as I look up into the existing pipe, and see there's still some mineral build up along the bottom of the pipe perhaps between 1/4 and 3/8" thick. It's unknown to me how much further up the pipe it goes. Is there a device (spring steel) that I can run up the inside of the pipe to knock out the rest? In my mind, I see something like a cylinder hone; a spring device holding a cutter out along the interior of the pipe that could be attached to a rod of some sort and driven by a drill.

Does anything like this exist or suggestions on making something this?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-24-2015, 07:43 AM   #2
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From your description this pipe:
1. is close to the surface
2. not covered with a sock to keep debris out.
The problem with routing out plastic pipe is that you can chew up the thin walled pipe in a heartbeat.
I'd look for something like a chimney brush like device to clean the interior of the pipe and then flush it out .
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