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For Christmas my back porch flooded - Brisbane storm water guy recommendations?

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by Bran, 24th Dec, 2015.

  1. Bran

    Bran Well-Known Member

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    I knew we had some issues with drainage, but we were trying to hold off until we could afford a pool/professional landscaping.

    Today, determined to find out the water issues, I found water welling up from BENEATH my paved area.

    I pulled up the section and dug down to a broken pipe, but with no apparent distal run-off implying a blockage, as well as the broken section.

    The pipe disappears beneath a 3 metre slab, then I'm guessing runs underneath our grass toward a visible storm water manhole cover.

    I can't see any way other than to dig up the slab, or at least the grass first to try and find the blockage.

    There is a very large, but very old mango tree not too far away, but I think the piping work is 6-12 months old (but a bit DIY by the hands-on previous owner)

    Failing a successful DIY, any recommendations on someone who can reasonably but competently fix this for me?
     

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  2. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    Always do the easiest things first! Cut concrete last
    Find where it goes to and work back.are you sure it's a storm water man hole? Not sewer?
     
  3. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Turn on your hose, push it down the line. If it runs it's not blocked. If the hose stops feeding down the line its blocked. Pull the hose back & use its length as a guide to how far along thenline is blocked.
     
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  4. wylie

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    Did this happen after that rain we had this afternoon, ie. rainwater not getting away. Or do you think it is a blocked pipe related to toilet, shower and/or sink?

    If you need a good plumber, I have one (think you have already got his name from me).
     
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  5. Bran

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    Thanks Scott . Pretty sure its blocked as I removed a bend and can see water coming out one end, and not draining
     
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    Hose may dislodge or break up any soil build up. You could use a Gerni with the drain clearing attachment.
     
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  7. Bran

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    Nope - I think I have every other service covered though!
    Can't hurt to try!
    It looks like they did the dodgy, which may well have allowed dirt to enter. There was a pre-made hole in the back of a pipe, with nothing connected to it.
     
  8. wylie

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    Give me a reminder tomorrow and I'll send details of a plumber friend :).