Cracked sewer pipe thru foundation

Old 05-01-07, 04:02 PM
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Exclamation Cracked sewer pipe thru foundation

Help! We are trying to sell our house, and the building inspection revealed a crack in our cast iron sewer pipe leading through the foundation. It is not leaking yet, or causing any problems, other than scaring potential buyers away. Any creative solutions? We'd rather not spend thousands runnng a new line to the city main.
Also, if we did do that, would our homeowner's insurance cover the cost?
Old 05-04-07, 10:06 AM
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No easy way around it. Can you patch the crack up top to get by inspection or new home buyers? Possibly. Try painting it lol. No seriously....doesn't matter what you do. If you want to fix it..your gonna have to jack the floor...go underneath and follow the pipe till the crack stops. Most likely it stops just on the other side of the concrete. Then you just buy 2 rubber couplers (Fernco's) and enough PVC pipe to replace the cracked section. Cut the cast iron (i use an angle grinder with a diamond blade) and put the new piece in. Then patch the floor.

If you do anything else..your just hiding/masking the problem. Sur eyou could paint the crack or use a type of apoxy to fill the crack in but if the crack goes below the floor...then your just hiding a problem..not fixing it. If it is a good home inspector you wouldn't get away with it anyways.

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