Today I noticed some water (very slow trickle) coming through a small crack in my basement foundation. I went outside and noticed a good pool of water on that side of the house. Just than my sump kicked on as I watched the water overflow out of the drainage pipe. My sump pump connects into the same drainage line as my down spouts for my gutter. Apparently my drainage pipe from my front down spout to the street (bubbler) must be clogged or worst case collapsed. I was going to call a plumber first thing on Monday, but my neighbor suggested I rent a sewer snake from home depot or lowes to snake it out tomorrow. The distance is about 20-25ft. My hope is that this frees up the clog if that's the issue.
So here are my questions: 1.) Are they expensive to rent? If so I may just call a plumber during the week. 2.) My guess is that its more likely that the pipe now has tree roots in it causing the issue than leaves and helicopters. Will a sewer snake cut through roots? 3.) It appears that the drainage pipe is ~4" will a sewer snake still work in a 4" drainage pipe? 4.) How hard are they to use?
Any advise? Amy.