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Getting to the ' ROOT ' of the problem

amy

By amy

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And what a problem it was !
Some of you will be aware that when we returned from out holiday we were told that our gutter had been overflowing .
In our ignorance we thought it would be a simple matter of removing a few dead leaves , no such luck we couldn’t have been more wrong there wasn’t anything obvious obstructing the drainpipe .
We had a Cotoneaster shrub growing against the wall in front of the pipe my OH decided to take the down pipe down at the same time he would dig up and remove the shrub thinking it’s roots were responsible and had coursed a blockage , we still couldn’t see what the problem was .
By this time we were getting seriously worried the next step was to dig a trench to locate the pipes 2ft down under the lawn , OH starting digging he found and reached the end of the 1st pipe this is what we found a fibrous core 10ft long blocking the pipe


It was then that we found a T-junction , we didn’t know until that point that there was another pipe sending surplus water from the drive which often floods when it rains into this same pipe .


The right hand pipe is coming from the direction of the drive the left going into the direction of the ditch 60ft away , we made an educated guess that it would head for the ditch we went round to the ditch then joined loads of drain rods together to push through to where the T-junction was luckily after a lot of pressure washing etc .it was finaly clear of all blockages and the pipe work could be reassembled and put together , the water is now running beautifully .
OH is going to take out all the shrubs near pipework, you probably won’t remember that last year we took down a huge conifer near these pipes we now believe that it was the roots from that which were the course of the problem .
It’s going to leave some very bare patches on the walls , last Saturday we went to the Award winning Thorncroft Clematis nursery which we are lucky to have approx 3/4 miles from us they helped me to choose a Clematis suitable for the hot dry conditions against this wall
It is texensis ’ Gravetye Beauty ’ it has deep rich red trumpet shaped flowers with paler mauve-pink margins ..


Let this be a warning to anyone who has trees or shrubs near the house water pipes

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Wow, Amy ... that proves how roots can interfere with underground pipes ..

I've added this to GoYpedia.

2 Oct, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Ah Thanks TT , you wouldn't believe it would you ? I'm sure it would have cost a fortune if you had to get a company out to fix it for you , I must say poor Tony was shattered at the end of it ......

2 Oct, 2012

 

Not surprised Tony was exhausted after all that work ..
...yes, it would have been very expensive to pay a specialist company to fix it !!!

... and they would probably have left an untidy mess afterwards ... not neat work like Tony has done ...

2 Oct, 2012

 

That is some DIY job! Congratulations to both of you, and many blessings on the new clematis for some speedy growth there!

2 Oct, 2012

 

Blimey Amy.... looks a thorough job done, well done.

2 Oct, 2012

amy
Amy
 

I think you are right TT .. I suggested hiring a digger but was told it would leave an awful mess afterwards , Thanks S.gram there's already a couple of flowers trying to open on the Clematis I'm hoping to get a photo if the sun brings them out :o)
Thanks S /lad Not exactly the kind of job you like to find waiting for you after a nice holiday but it's done so will have to go down as experience !

2 Oct, 2012

 

What a mammoth task,Amy..so glad Tony managed to get it done himself..with your help of course!...I dread to think what it would have been like if you had laid hardstanding in that area..I don't have anything growing next to the house walls..or even a border for smaller plants..just pots..Your Clematis will look lovely there..looking forward to seeing a pic when it flowers :o)

2 Oct, 2012

 

Thanks for showing us. Amazing how it grew so long and thick.

2 Oct, 2012

 

Goodness me. Luckily your OH is capable - that job could have turned into a nightmare!
This will make some of us think!
Thanks for showing us.

2 Oct, 2012

 

Thank goodnes there is a happy ending to this disaster, its amazing how far roots can travel and how thick they become. At least being able to solve the problem yourselves as saved on money and the mess that would have been made with diggers etc Tony will be in need of another holiday after all is hard work , [maybe there is still room on our cruise ship if you fancy a relaxing week in good company] lol.

2 Oct, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Pleased you have that sorted out.I have your new G.B clematis in the garden it is very vigorus with me ,flowers well in the sun but part of mine is in shade until late afternoon and that part produces very few flowers this year almost none.

2 Oct, 2012

amy
Amy
 

I bet you are glad that you haven't any shrubs near the house Sandra if this is what could happen , Drc / Scottish it had probably been building up for years we weren't aware that debris was being picked up and washed down the drive to finish up here we have taken steps to trap surface stuff before it reaches this far in the future .
Carole I can't wait to come on the cruise with you Harry Sandra and Russell , I won't take up much room in your suit case "I promise ".
That's interesting Brian do you think the trellis we have put up is the right size to support it , I hope it does well in the sun ,it gets very hot at the front ..

2 Oct, 2012

 

aww your poor garden Amy, but glad your hubby did it and not some stranger who could have made even more of a mess, fribre core is huge, no wonder it was blocked,
Baz is always unblocking pipes here which seem to block easierly.
we dont think about these things when we plant do we , but after reading your blog i will be carefull :o)

2 Oct, 2012

 

Tony is very welcome too,Amy..he can go in Harry or Russells case..they won't have as much as us ! Lol.

2 Oct, 2012

 

My goodness me! What an incredible thing to discover...incredibly horrid I mean! Thank goodness you got to the root of it :S Just a word of caution with that Clem. It is incredibly beautiful, but I found it suffers from Mildew. Keep your eye on it and if you spot it, get the Systhane on it straight away :)

2 Oct, 2012

 

Good grief Amy, what a long fibrous core of roots etc....I wonder how long it had been growing and filling the pipe?
Tony looks to have done a very neat job, all those squares of turf stacked, well done Tony, it must have been horrendous to face such a large job, not knowing what you were to find. Let's hope you can both enjoy a few peaceful days, remembering your holiday in France.

2 Oct, 2012

 

Wow that turned into an unexpected major job. Lucky Tony knew what to do and well done him for the hard work.

2 Oct, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Amy mine becomes very congested it benefits from being cut back to the ground every other year.I don't get full sun for more than a couple of hours a day so yours may well perform differently to mine.The only thing I might have done different was to train it on an obelisk as seems to want a lot of support,its one that likes to drape itself on other plants.Next door neighbours hedge for instance.
Give it a year you will soon find out.lol
Just picked up on Karen's comment Its must be down to the individual garden never seen mildew on it here and we have had enough rain.Mind you there has been Mildew on other plants Particularly Aquilegias.
B

2 Oct, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Sandra , LoL ...when I told Tony that I was going to stow away in Carole's case for the cruise he said "what about me " , I'll go and tell him you've found a little space for him in Russell's case he,ll be thrilled ,thank you ! what time do you sail :o))
Hi San ,I'm pleased if through our misfortune it makes other people more aware of this kind of problem ,
Thanks for that Info Karen I'll keep a sharp eye on it I haven't any Systhane I must get some in store in case !
Janey we are just glad we were able to get the job done and that it wasn't something worse like the mains water supply to the house , I will tell Tony he has earned his star this week . :o))
Lijemc , we were lucky in that we have a retired builder who lives the other side of the ditch he loves telling us what to do and more especially when we are doing it wrong LOL he was happy to stand and watch and give his instructions . !!

2 Oct, 2012

amy
Amy
 

It looks as if I will have to take pot luck Brian and hope for the best ,My label describes it as growing up to 9ft I have in fact found a small book that I have on Clems which says that the Texensis group are prone to mildew if planted in dry conditions such as tubs or containers mine is planted in the ground but I will try to ensure it never dries out in hot weather ...

2 Oct, 2012

 

Oh dear what a horrid job, lucky you have a fit husband who can turn his hand to something like this, so pleased you got to the bottom of it. Goo luck with the new clem.....

3 Oct, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Angela it's all finished and the grass is in recovering mode ,actually I was worried about Tony doing such heavy work as he had a Hernia Op. a couple of years age it took ages to settle down I don't think he even stopped to think about that !

4 Oct, 2012

 

Oh goodness!!

4 Oct, 2012

 

I'm sorry to hear about your problems with the pipes, but glad it's all sorted out now before the winter sets in.
Your new Clematis sounds lovely :o)

4 Oct, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Hywel ,it's a relief to have been able to sort it out ourselves :o)

5 Oct, 2012

 

What a nightmare to come home to, Amy. So pleased your OH was able to sort it out. When I saw the photo I thought it was a dead snake!

8 Oct, 2012

amy
Amy
 

LOL that would have been easier to deal with Gill , providing it was dead of course !! it was a nightmare OH has been suffering from pains in his leg muscles yesterday and also today I think it's just caught up with him he had the tens machine on it last night .........

8 Oct, 2012

 

Wow, it looks like a huge plug of coconut matting! Blimey! I am so glad I have found your Blog in time, Amy as I was about to put in my border some shrubs. But as there is only a few feet probably about 4 - 5 foot between my kitchen and bathroom walls to the fence and the little border there, I have had to rethink my planting plan. I have an old honeysuckle there that I thought I'd lost two years ago when the old fence panel blew down in a gale and snapped the umbrella of its canopy off at the base, but I noticed yesterday afternoon that it seems to be shooting little green leaves on the thick stem that is left, and last night I planted another honeysuckle in its honour that I bought yesterday at the garden centre to replace it. I have 4 one foot high new lavender plants there too in the border, which I put in a few months back and I was going to put a blackthorn there too, but I think I may have to site it further up the garden away from any drains now! Well done for all your hard work it must have been back-breaking to dig all that length out and more! Lovely informative post! Thank you. Love Michelle x

4 Nov, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Michelle, I'm glad it made you stop and think ,the trouble this has caused has been horrendous I'm sure honeysuckle should be fine the roots aren't likely to grow enormous it's good that you have some new shoots emerging from the old one , I would site the blackthorn further away they do grow large , I like the idea of the Lavender plants in fact it might be nice to have some where we have taken shrubs out on this wall when our bedroom window is open we would be able to get the scent from the lavender and I love the smell ..
Good luck with your planting .
Love Amy x ☺

4 Nov, 2012

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