It is difficult to be able to identify if you have a drain line problems, or not unless you observe your gutter system during rain. If there is a leak or clog, you may not find out until it is too late, having never observed the problematic signs.
Some homes have their gutter downspouts connected to drains that were dug underground. This style of discharge lines are termed “underground drains“. The underground drain re-directs the water away from the home, usually to the street or the sidewalk, and is invisible to the homeowner as it goes under the lawn. Infrequently your gutter system may connect directly to the underground sewer line.
The rainwater will be unable to drain properly from your gutter system, if these underground drains become clogged. The result will be water overflowing, eventually causing severe damage to your gutter system. In certain conditions the drain could be partially clogged and allow a percentage of water to escape, or it could be completely clogged, forcing the water to back up, and pour over the sides of the gutter.
Downspouts are connected to the underground drains with various sizes and shapes of adapters. All adapters provide the very same function, they make a seamless transition from one size of pipe to another. They are designed to prevent the downspouts from leaking out any rainwater.
To check to see if you have clogged underground drains, the first place we look is at the bottoms of all the downspouts around your home. When underground drains are clogged, we will often see the water being pushed back out of the drainage pipe and spilling out of the seams on the adapter. We can only observe this while it is raining, so you can even check your downspouts when it is raining to see if there is an obstruction.
If you observe any water stains or residue around your underground drain, that is another sign that there is a clog. However, this will only be visible if your drain pipe is near pavement, concrete, driveway, or a deck. You can look to see if the ground is puddling or over saturated near your underground drain, that could also be a sign that your underground drain is clogged.
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