Sewer (Lateral) Line Replacement/Repair Options

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Old 04-26-14, 07:39 PM
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Sewer (Lateral) Line Replacement/Repair Options

I had my plumber out to snake my main sewer line today and he pulled out a lot of roots. Got it cleared and all's good for 8-10 months. He was telling me it's time to start looking at replacing the the sewer line. It's a 60 year clay pipe and I'm sure he's right. He guesstimated $3 to $6K to do the job and he mentioned replacing it with ABS and said give him call if/when I wanted to talk about/do it.
So I started researching it and I have a question, can somebody tell me want my options are to get the job done. I've read about CIPP, pipe-bursting among others but was hoping someone could clarify exactly what my options are.
Thanks in advance and I appreciate your time and input.
 
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Old 04-26-14, 09:08 PM
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Did you have a video inspection done? If he cut the roots properly the line should of been treated with root X. You may not need to replace..

The plumber that snaked it may have done more harm then good.

Believe it or not most plumbers damage the clay pipe when snaking and make matters worse. possibly thats why he is so eager for you to call him.

The price sounds about right for a trench job. I would only use PVC and not ABS. But code in your area may dictate the material..

Pipe bursting for sewers is iffy as you can get bellys and continue to have clogging issues...

I prefer to trench them, level them properly in a bed of sand 12". Then cover with sand 12" and back fill...

Just my 2 cents...
 
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Thanks for the reply.
I've known this guy for 10 years, he's not eager.

I did not have a video inspection but he did tell me that it needs to be done to evaluate the line.

What do you mean, if he cut the roots properly?

This is the first i've heard of Root-X and no it was not used. Should Root-X have been done rather than the snake?

When you say you prefer to trench them do you mean digging a trench the entire length of the line? That would be a 50ft trench in my case and tear up a lot stuff and I'm sure drive up the price.
 
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Old 04-27-14, 08:38 AM
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Yes root x. You want to cut the roots with a cutting bit but not too large and aggresive to damage the clay pipe. Also to leave some root ends for absorption.

Root x used yearly foams the pipe and causes the roots to dissipate. Rot away and not come back.

If the plumber did not offer it, or camera the line when he was there then I would find another plumber.. If he offered it and you declined then thats another story...

Sounds like he is a one option guy and doing you an injustice..

Just my opinion of course. I have been doing this a long time though.

Root x carries a 1 yr warranty...

RootX is the simple, effective and proven solution for sewer root control
 
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