Re: Responsibility for stuck auger
Posted by LonnythePlumber on January 23, 2004 at 21:05:04:
In response to Re: Responsibility for stuck auger
: I recently had a plumber come out and auger my sewer line for preventive maintenance. I had not been experiencing any problems, but have had problems with roots in the past, so I try to get it done once every year or two. The plumber got his auger stuck and has charged me over $1300 to dig up the sewer line, remove his auger and replace a piece of the line. The sewer line was orangeburg pipe and the plumber has told me that it was colapsed and he has no liability. Other plumbers have told me that he probably blew a hole in the line with his auger and should be responsible for everything above and beyond his normal charge. There was no existing clog and I never signed anything. This was the third time in 5 years I've used the same plumber and he never warned me that there could be a problem with the old pipes. Any comments?

In my jurisdiction these issues may come before our plumbing board. Call your Chief Plumbing Inspector and tell him your situation. LonnythePlumber

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