06:08PM | 06/12/01
Member Since: 06/11/01
2 lifetime posts
I am battling the main drain in my basement. It clogs completely every 2-3 years. The pipes are cast iron, about 45 years old. We ran an elecric auger through the clean-out plug, but could not find a blockage, and the county came out and ran a line from outside and said that if we had any more problems to call a plumber. My question is...If we couldn't find a block, and they couldn't find a block,what is wrong with the drain? We can't afford plumbers all the time, nor can we afford new pipes. Is there anything else we can do? Please help! I have not been able to use our pipes for a week, and lobbing water out the window after the kids take a bath is getting old. Thanks.


02:30AM | 06/15/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
If the lines are blocking every 2-3 years then they must be clear in between.Whoever is clearing the line may tell you they found nothing, however,whatever they did worked.This sounds like either tree roots or a break in a line.To end the problem,have the pipe checked with a pipe camera (the larger pipe cleaning companys have these)and the video will show what the blockage is.

Jay J

04:18AM | 06/15/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi hobbyhound,

I agree w/Matches. You may already know this but you want the Camera Check done when you have the blockage. Checking the line (now) when it's clear may not show anything or may only show 'suspects'.

It's possible that the line could have a problem where it meets the street. The problem may be the result of inadequate sloping (if the line is a gravity line.)

I know, you have to wait for yet another blockage and pay for a video. BUT, that should tell all. My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: YOu can get an estimate now for what it would cost to video the line. (You already know what it costs to clear it.) Then, you can start putting some $$$ away over the next 2-3 years. That way, you won't be 'hit' with a financial problem. HOWEVER, if the 'fix' requires excavation, THAT will cost $$$ too, so you may want to save a few extra 'hundreds' too ...


12:40PM | 06/17/01
Member Since: 06/11/01
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for your ideas. I am checking on the camera prices now because it is still blocked. We had a plumber come out and he got his electric auger stuck in the pipe at the property line, and he can't get it out and the sanitary commission won't look at it. Everyone is saying that we will have to dig up the yard. The tree roots is what everyone seems to conclude. The plumber put sulphuric(?) acid down the pipe in the hopes that it would eat the roots and loosen up on the auger in about 3 days. AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!
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