Help Mr Plumber my toilet is not working!
We were called by an agency to a property in a Bedfordshire village. The upstairs and downstairs toilets were filling up and not clearing away when flushed. The problem was also affecting the shower and basin in the upstairs bathroom and the basin in the downstairs cloakroom.
Ok, where is the access chamber (manhole)?
We found the access chamber just outside the house under some bushes and leaves. The first thing to do is to clear away the leaves etc. and take the cover off to be able to access the extent of the blockage (“oh dear”). If possible we would then look around us to try to work out which way, the underground drainage might flow. In any event looking at the situation of the access chamber it was clear that the pipework would flow away from the house towards a road.
Better fix it then
Our high-pressure jetting equipment is mounted in the back of a van and in many instances a small van is better as it can get through small entrances and into tight spaces. We set up the jetter by simply connecting it to a water supply and starting the integral engine. A high-pressure hose is then fed into the chamber having worked out the positioning of the underground pipework at the bottom of the chamber.
Here we go
As you can see from the photo, we are starting to put the high-pressure pipe into the chamber. The pump is turned off at this point because the thousands of pounds’ pressure would make it impossible to hold the hose. Indeed, it would “snake about “violently as the rear facing nozzles would be sending jets of water into the air many metres behind the hose. The hose with pump running will worm its way along the underground pipework. The forward-facing nozzle will dissolve the blockage whilst the rear facing nozzles push the end of the hose forwards.
As can be seen in the short video, blockage has been cleared and the contents of the chamber and the house stack pipe from the upstairs bathroom which had “backed up” are starting to flow away. This is always the best part!
Yes, yippee as the photo shows all done and the cleanest that the chamber and surrounding pipework has been for many years. Also, a well satisfied customer!