About a week ago, started getting water on the basement
floor, particularly after running the washer.
We'd had problems with tree roots in the outpipe from the
house to the sewer in years past - had the old pipe dug up
and replaced back in 1991, but the problem seems to have
The guy who cleaned out the drain went through it about 3
times, each time pulling out a pile of roots.
He said there's now a solution in the form of a continuous
plastic inner pipe that can be inserted into the existing
sewer drain. Once in place it hardens up and the roots are
less likely to get in.
He said they go through the pipe with a camera first, to
assess the damage.
I reckon the distance between the wall of the house and the
sewer main in the street is approximately 35-40 feet.
I didn't have the camera inspection or get an estimate yet,
but I was wondering if anyone could give me a very rough
idea of what a repair like this will run, materials and
We have an oak tree standing over the sewer lead to the street, and it
was saying yummy! every time we flushed. Getting floods in the basement
every year (sometimes more, sometimes less) was getting monotonous even
if the town would come and clean out the pipes. So we had our part of
the sewer replaced (dug hole and replaced pipe, not a liner), about 20 ft
for $2900. Then I urged the contractor to check with the borough to see
what the condition of the "lateral" was, since the neighbor across the
street had had floods even though his sewer was replaced relatively
shortly ago. Town authorized contractor to replace the lateral at town's
expense. So far, so good, but this was only ~ 6 weeks ago, if that. Zip
My brother had the sewer replaced about 2 years ago. It was about 30 run
from structure tied into the city main, they removed 2 sidewalk slabs &
replaced those also, not with new, just removed the old without cracking
and set back in place after they vibrated a base down. Permit was included.
It ran him $2000 with a zip code of 44221
That is what I did on a house I own down south that still had the old
orangeberg (faux clay tile) sewer line- had them replace the whole damn
run with modern PVC and 1/4 of the joints. Some things, you don't wanna
have to screw with twice.
Once you have the old drain exposed, you're talking maybe $200 in parts and
a like amount in labor to hook the parts together.
Budget $2,000 for the job. If you need permits, inspections, and the like,
double the estimate.
Now you COULD get some day laborers to dig up the old pipe and be out for
My son had a 50' sewer line from his house replaced last year. The old drain
was some sort of thin-walled black plastic which was so brittle you could
crush it with your hand. This crap was replaced by the THICK PVC stuff and
concrete poured over the joints! (Too bad, Mr Tree).
His neighbor, from Guatemala, did the job and charged $550, including
our sewer line from street to interior has roots in every joint but
one and has for at least the last 12 years:( home has 200 year old
tree in back yard
I had a camera inspection and the video to prove it for my wife to
but we lacked the bucks to replace the line its under a driveway,
wall, and all thru the basement. this video was done before relining
arrived. besides they found a low spot.. err sag and might not want
yet we havent had a line snaked in at least 10 years since I FIXED IT.
think of it as a cheap maintence issue way easier than cutting the
I dump rock salt say 25 pounds in our washtub every spring just before
trees leaf out, and a few times during the year.you could use softener
salt if you cant find rock salt in your area
mix hot water with salt dissolve most of the salt, dont run any more
water go out for the day. I go to work. the salt lays in the line and
kills the roots FAST. remaing salt dissolves each time washing machine
rock salt kills roots just like it kills grass along sidewalks but
doesnt hurt ther trees ot the terracota sewer pipe:) unlike root
killers that can and do kill trees. think copper sulphate root killer.
if your line is sluggish and you suspect roots give it a try, you have
nothing to lose
just send me 20% of all the money I just saved you:)
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