This morning, water started backing up in both of the bathtubs in our house. I called a plumbing company to have them come clear the drains. My husband stayed home to wait for the plumber, and, according to him, after the plumber cleared the drains (all the way to the street), everything appeared to be draining smoothly.
Here's the problem - the plumber told my husband that he used to camera to view the drain to ensure that it was clear and that he belives that we need to replace the master drain for the house, at an estimated cost of $20-30,000. My house was built in 1978, so it is only 29 years old. The drain is, according to the plumber, a cast iron drain, in which he did not see any cracks. I have a few questions:
1. Is it even reasonable to think we would need to have this done? And will it really cost that much?
2. If the drain is not cracked, how can he tell that it is worn thin enough to be replaced?
We have only lived in the house for two years and have had no problems with the drain before now. Thank you for any help you can provide.
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