Re: need to replace sewer lateral?
Posted by lfr on June 13, 2002 at 16:53:51:
In response to Re: need to replace sewer lateral?
thanks for the input. just for clarification, the 15' is the distance from my parents' property line out to the sewer main. they (my parents) have already replaced the portion of the pipe that is on their property (i.e., from the house to the sidewalk/street). it is the last 15' (under the street) connecting to the sewer main where we are now experiencing the problems.

: In most areas, the city would not be avoiding work, since that section of pipe would be your responsibility. Unless your house is at the street 15' seems to be too short, since I would replace the pipe all the way to the house. 20K sounds exhorbitant, but then we do not know the conditions nor the depth of the sewer. I always recommend that the pipe not be changed until it starts causing a problem on less than a twelve month cycle, unless it is definitely broken and/or displaced.

: : my parents live in a house with a 4" clay pipe lateral. over the past few years, the lateral has been repeatedly blocked with roots.

: : in clearing the most recent blockage, the plumber removed roots up to a 1/4" in diameter. at the plumbers suggestion, the lateral was examined with a video camera. three locations were identified and marked where the plumber indicated the pipe has collapsed. his recommendation is that the lateral be replaced.

: : as a follow-up, the city was contacted to discuss requirements for replacing the lateral. the city came out and performed their own visual inspection of the pipe. according to the city, the pipes are fine. the "collapsed areas" are "simply joints where the seal(?) has been compromised". the city's recommendation is to not replace the lateral, but to simply perform root removal as needed.

: : needless to say, "root removal as needed" tends to be a "one-day-too-late" solution. however, the costs we have been quoted to replace the lateral have been in the $20k range.

: : 1) other than a contractor's desire to perform work and the city's desire to avoid work, what can explain the difference of opinions based on the visual inspections?

: : 2) are quotes in the $20k range reasonable for the replacement of a lateral? the length of the run is approximately 15', but would require the street to be dug up.

: : 3) any alternatives that would provide a longer-term solution.

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