03:13PM | 04/20/17
I replaced my main sewer line from the house to the city back in 2012. It was cast iron or ceramic and needed to be replaced with PVC. A couple of years later and we started having back ups again. There are tenants in the house, so I haven't experienced these myself. Our property manager sent a new plumber out and they found the following - "We ran a camera down the line. We found that the line has a belly near the cleanout closest to the street. About 20' of the line would need to be dug up and replaced and a new cleanout would need to be installed. the line is currently draining but I’m sure it will have more problems in the future. This would cost $2200 total to repair."
I spoke to this plumber and he said that the belly could be because the pipe wasn't properly supported when it was replaced or the dirt wasn't compacted correctly. I'm tempted to call the old plumber back and see if he will correct this, since it sounds like it could be his error, but I am not knowledgeable about these issues. Are there other factors that could have caused the belly? Do you think I have a valid "case," to call the old plumber back and ask him to remedy this? I just want to get the problems corrected before we lose the tenants. Any advice would be appreciated.

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