I own a 1920s house in Columbia SC and have recently developed sewer line problems. Two months ago, following a rain, sewage backed up into the basement through a floor drain. It happened again last week, again after a huge rain storm. I'm assuming there is a break in the line, that it might be terra cotta pipe or cast iron (as it is inside the basement). The sewer must be 10-12 feet below grade. It connects to the city line some 50 feet from the house.
I'm hiring someone to snake a camera down the line and pinpoint the nature and location of the problem. I call it a sewer colonoscopy. I'm told this is money well spent if it can clearly locate the problem.
What am I in for here in terms of expense? I'm assuming the worst, that the pipe is old, terra cotta, and that it will need to be completely replaced. 50 ft x 12 feet deep
I trust the plumbing company that I've been working with, but I want to know their bid is competitive and fair.
I welcome your advice. --Don