Anybody ever clear roots out of a sewer main line?

turbo35

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Had a guy out about 18 months ago, found roots about 40' out (near the property line, where our pvc main merges to a concrete pipe.) Cleared the line and haven't had an issue till today. Found a first-time customer coupon back then so it was under $200 (they wanted to sell us like 8k in repair work.)

Fast forward to today, main's backing up again. I found one dude that will clear it for under $500 but he's booked out a week, all the big places want 900+ to hydrojet it. My uncle (a plumber and contractor) says I should rent a power snake for like $100 and do it myself.

Anyone ever do this? Please regale me with stories of losing your hand and/or getting expensive equipment stuck 40' down a pipe :hsd:
 

monolith

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What’s that saying? Leaving plumbing and electrical work to experts or something like that.
 
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B-Line

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Fucking sucks. Ask me how I know.
Just call a pro, unless you know how to take a toilet seat off, replace the ring, snake it, etc.
 
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turbo35

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Fucking sucks. Ask me how I know.
Just call a pro, unless you know how to take a toilet seat off, replace the ring, snake it, etc.
I've done all that, this is roots 40' down the main tho. Totally different than replacing a toilet and clearing a drain.

Also, I totally had flashbacks of your rental thread when I heard the tub gurgle :rofl:
 
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turbo35

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I bought a cheap snake and used it successfully four or five times.

Then I got the fucker stuck, could not get it out, and called a plumber.
I could tell he felt very good about himself.
I've only had one issue where I couldn't clear the drain, but it turned out the shit was completely internally corroded and needed a bunch of shit replaced. I handed them money and thanked them. :o
 

TheEvil1

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I've only had one issue where I couldn't clear the drain, but it turned out the shit was completely internally corroded and needed a bunch of shit replaced. I handed them money and thanked them. :o

this is what happened to me, got it bored out once then the 2nd time a piece of the pipe (cast iron) was bent in preventing going foreward

i paid them a lot of money to dig up my yard in the middle of the winter
 
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wildflower

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The reason I bought the snake in the first place - had a guy come to the house because I had a clogged toilet. Instead of snaking it out, he sends a CAMERA about 40 feet down the pipe and says "See that? That's a crack. We need to dig up your lawn and replace everything to the main."

I looked at the monitor and it was like looking at clouds where you think - oh, that one looks like Beethoven's head, and that one looks like a sheep.
 
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turbo35

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this is what happened to me, got it bored out once then the 2nd time a piece of the pipe (cast iron) was bent in preventing going foreward

i paid them a lot of money to dig up my yard in the middle of the winter
Luckily this was just internal piping, but I couldn't take the time off work and it had to happen asap (kitchen sink, wife would have killed me.) I forget how much but $1200-1500 or so iirc and they replaced all the old piping. I was over a barrel and they were gentle.
 
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ERock

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Since we are on the topic of plumbing... Woke up to low water pressure and opened the front door to a flood yesterday.
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Feed line going to my backyard sprinklers burst in my flower bed (ivy).

I have a separate shutoff for irrigation. Was able to shut off. Last night after work I dug up the area with a headlamp on and found the leak. Should be an easy fix.
 
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ERock

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When my mainline collapsed then backed up we had the black death come up the drains and fill up the shower and tub :hs: :barf:
 
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A tub gurgling would scare me to death.

My tub has started doing this in the last few months :( with some water and bits of... who knows what (probably just roots/dirt... hopefully) seeping into the tub and toilets. Called a plumber out, he ran one of these rubber bladder things with a hose and it cleared it
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So i thought ok cool, ill just get one of those for like $30 and just clear it myself next time, it always seems to help but the drain is getting backed up on like a weekly basis now, have to be really careful when running the washing machine, and giving lots of time to drain. Was hoping i was going to avoid some plumbing nightmare but pretty sure I need someone to run a scope and figure out wtf the problem is to get this fixed for good. Doesnt help that we have a billion giant pine trees on our property.

Kind of want to wait it out and just sell the fucking house lmao but we can't just let it be like this.
 
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wildflower

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Maybe I've just lived in decrepit shitholes for the past 15 years, but let's just say this isn't the first time I've heard that noise
Last time I heard that noise, wife and I were living on a three-on-a-lot. Started hearing gurgling in the tub, nasty brown water (shit) coming up.
Soon thereafter, in the unit next to mine, I heard a woman screaming. It was gurgling up in mine, but in hers, it was coming up like a chocolate fountain.
 

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