just when the problem seems to be solved...........
......it gets infinitely worse.
Rodding out the drains this morning (as you do).
The manhole nearest to the main sewer is at the border of our property. From the rodding hole (above the 'U' bend) it is about 4 * 1 metre bamboo rods until there is a junction. I know there is a junction because when using the round rubber plunger thingy (which fits the bore of the pipe) I hit a sudden obstruction and when I pull back the rubber plunger resists for a moment, then pulls back. From this I conclude that I have reached a 'T', 'Y' or similar junction under the road where our pipe joins another (hopefully larger) one. The distance between the stop (far side of pipe) and the pull (entrance from our pipe) isn't very far, so I presume the other pipe isn't very large and therefore not the main sewer under the road.
Just when I had cleared the blockage - rodded all the way though to the junction and had the accumulated water (etc.) rush out and pulled back to retrieve the rods, it all came away surprisingly easily.
When I pulled the rods out, I found the end missing.
Unfortunately I hadn't counted the rods as they came out so I don't know if I have just lost the rubber plunger, or the rubber plunger and a rod.
The brass fitting is there, with the rivet missing. Looks like a normal rod end, but I didn't check how the rubber plunger was fitted so it could be from the plunger.
The best result would be that I just lost the rubber end, which went into a larger pipe and is now in the main sewer.
The more likely result is that I lost a rod and a rubber end, and I now have a length of rod in my soil pipe, with the rubber end protruding through the junction and at right angles to the joining pipe.
So you see my problem.
The presence of a rod in the drains is likely to cause problems in the future, even though it is draining O.K. at the moment.
Retrieving it is a real problem.
Even if I can find someone with a long reach claw thingy (at least 3 metres long) it has then got to grip the rod firmly enough to pull the rubber plunger back through the entrance hole.
The only other obvious alternative is to have the water company come and dig up the road outside our house (which will not come cheap).
Does anyone have a magic solution?
Does anyone know if an accident of this kind is covered by household insurance?
Does anyone know how long you can last without washing or using the toilet?
TIA Dave R