03:12PM | 05/14/14
Member Since: 05/14/14
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Our drain in the basement backed up yesterday. We called Rotorooter and they couldn't have anyone out until tomorrow so we called a plumber. The plumber came in, ran a snake through the drain, and said we have a broken pipe. He pulled it out and it was all black and sludgey, sent a camera through and same thing all sludgey/muddy. He's quoted us $3900, so far, to replace the broken pipe.

The thing is, about 10 years ago in a different house I had a similar problem. We called roto rooter and at the time we were concerned we would end up having to replace sewer line. It turned out that roto rooter did their thing and we were okay.

I'm wondering, do you think if we had someone come out with more than just a snake, but with the thing that has the blades on it to chop up the roots, we could do with out the line replacement?

We enrolled in the monthly insurance through the water company at the first of the year, but it turns out that only insures the water line. They actually have a seperate insurance for the sewer line. Makes sense I guess but in my head we were getting insurance for all the pipes outside be it sewer or water. You live and learn! In the meantime if we just chop up the roots we could get the proper insurance. Thoughts?

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08:14PM | 05/15/14
Member Since: 11/15/13
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I would definitely get a second opinion or wait for rotor rooter to arrive. I would keep quiet of what the plummer said.
If rotor rooter is successful, great. Get the proper insurance for the future.


08:18PM | 05/18/14
Member Since: 01/24/06
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Normally a licensed plumber is your best and most cost effective way to go as an independent does not pay kick back fees to a franchise

Also if I am called to a main sewer I snake it first and before I even attempt to do a video inspection the line should be water jetted to scour the inner walls so a clear picture an be seen and defects in the piping are more readily visible

For soft stoppages soil, grease etc water jetting is ideal for hard stoppages compacted soil, roots rags then snaking should be utilized .

Unfortunately even master plumbers do not bother to invest in the proper equipment needed to do maintain a sewer and drainage system properly


02:38PM | 07/24/14
Sewer repairs can get very messy. I wouldn't want to risk spending so much money if there is a better way to fix it. Getting a second opinion might be a good idea for you. No matter what, make sure you get your sewer problems repaired as quickly as possible.
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