sewer back-up
Posted by LonnythePlumber on June 01, 2003 at 23:03:01:
In response to sewer back-up
: Twice in three years is not really a problem other than the inconvenience, if they are using the proper sized snake. I do not normally recommend replacing a sewer line until it gets to the point where it is every year or less.

: : Our house was built in the later 1950's and our sewer has backed up twice in the past 3 years. When it was reamed out, tree roots were found in a couple of places even though the nearest trees are about 80 feet away. We're having trouble getting local plumbers to return our calls so we can decide what to do about the problem. We've considered replacing the line which presents some problems as the tie-in to the city sewer is about 60 feet from the house clean-out, involves the water and gas lines and goes under our driveway as well as a huge cost. We've considered having a camera inserted to look at the problem as a first step, having a liner put in, and using root killer. Any thoughts you can give us would be appreciated.

Your sewer is going to have to be replaced eventually. A camera is an excellent idea and provides good information. You can consider a trenchless replacement because of your driveway. Trenchless is usually more expensive but is offset by the concrete replacement.
Lining of house sewers is starting to enter some markets and may have a big impact on sewer replacement. LonnythePlumber

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