Every case is different, but here was mine. I hired a plumber to
replace a bad line. The line left the house at about 4' deep, went
across the yard, was about 6' deep at the curb, went to the middle of
the street, then straight down an additional 15' to the sewer line.
The sewer line had to be broken into, a saddle placed over it, topped
with 3 bags of sacrete, everything backfilled and packed, and the
street asphalt repaired. No way in hell was it a diy job.
Thanks Red, but depth may be my only issue.
The town already took care of the alsphalt-removing-sewer-line-
part of the job. I just need to replace my cast iron and tie into
There might be an alternative not yet mentioned:
It is sometimes possible to insert a liner into an existing drain. The liner
is made of stuff impervious to tree roots and it won't ever crack. Here's an
example of a firm that does that sort of thing:
it tends to cost as much as a dig and replace fix, but does save
landscaping and the utter mess of a new line digging.
my neighbor is getting a new sewer line currently yard is piles of
dirt, excavator, a true mess very sad
About a year ago the city replaced the main sewer line serving my street.
The old sewer line was 8" concrete - the new is 10" plastic (of some kind).
What's fascinating was the way they did it.
Starting at one end, they POUNDED the new pipe THROUGH the old pipe,
fracturing the old pipe as they went! All day long THUD..... THUD.... THUD.
Eventually the plastic probe reached the end of the block.
Then they came along with an itty-bitty back hoe, dug up all the connections
in people's yards and connected the individual houses to the new plastic
pipe. They filled in the holes, placed sod over the mess, repaired the
fence, and moved on.
Ain't technology grand?
1. A well equipped plumber/inspector uses a SeeSnake or similar
camera system which goes down the sewer on a pushrod. Most of these
units can record to VHS or to some digital media. Ask to see the
inspection by camera or a recording of it.
2. The marking of the line of the sewer pipe can be done at the same
time if he is usig the kind of camera that includes a small 512 Hz
transmitter built-in. This is standard in all the SeeSnake and most
other models of piep inspection systems. The location of the camera
at any given point in time is located using a locator receiver such as
RIDGE's Scout or SR-20, or some othe rbrand that can detect the 512 Hz
frequency. Each point is marked with chalk or spray paint. You get a
neat dotted line along your yard showing you where the pipe is, if the
operator knows his business.
On Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:30:10 -0800 (PST), DerbyDad03
The problem with replacing your own sewer pipe is that you might make
a mistake. First replace your neighbor's sewer pipe, and if all goes
well, do yours.
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