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Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Dec 3, 2018 5:48 PM
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       Major Plumbing Problem (by RB [MI]) Dec 3, 2018 6:03 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Dec 3, 2018 6:06 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by plenty [MO]) Dec 3, 2018 6:09 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Ken [NY]) Dec 3, 2018 6:14 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Sisco [MO]) Dec 3, 2018 6:18 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Dec 3, 2018 6:24 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by RB [MI]) Dec 3, 2018 6:25 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by NE [PA]) Dec 3, 2018 6:27 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Dec 3, 2018 6:38 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Homer [TX]) Dec 3, 2018 6:39 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Paulio [PA]) Dec 3, 2018 6:58 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Dec 3, 2018 7:16 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by fred [CA]) Dec 3, 2018 8:09 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Robin [WI]) Dec 3, 2018 8:21 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by MikeA [TX]) Dec 3, 2018 8:26 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Smokowna [MD]) Dec 3, 2018 8:55 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Hoosier [IN]) Dec 3, 2018 9:00 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Hoosier [IN]) Dec 3, 2018 9:01 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Hoosier [IN]) Dec 3, 2018 9:01 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by CX [WA]) Dec 3, 2018 10:19 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Robert J [CA]) Dec 3, 2018 11:05 PM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Dec 4, 2018 3:08 AM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Dec 4, 2018 3:37 AM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Dec 4, 2018 4:49 AM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Susan [OH]) Dec 4, 2018 5:32 AM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Dec 4, 2018 5:39 AM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by S i d [MO]) Dec 4, 2018 5:39 AM
       Major Plumbing Problem (by RB [MI]) Dec 4, 2018 5:41 AM
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       Major Plumbing Problem (by David [MI]) Dec 4, 2018 8:34 AM
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       Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Dec 4, 2018 11:04 AM
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Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 5:48 PM
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Yesterday my plumber went to one of my rental houses and used the entire length of a 75 ft. snake to unclog a drain. When he left, all drain were flowing. Today, tenant calls and says drains are plugged again and sewage is backing up in the tub. My plumber goes back today and re-snakes the drain again and it was flowing again when he left. Two hours later, tenant calls and says drains are backing up again!

I called the plumber and he says he almost positive the problem is where the house drain pipe meets up with the city's drain pipe near the street curb. My plumber told me he has done all he can do, and now it up to me to call the city's water dept and get them out there to inspect city's side of the main drain line.

Can anyone here explain why my rental house sewage drain line to the street continues to clog? My plumber has snaked it twice in two days and it still continues to back-up. Also, if your tenants in this situation can't flush their toilets, what do you tell them? --68.63.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by fred [CA]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 5:55 PM
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You need a camera inspection all the way to the street, before you call the city. --99.59.x.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 6:03 PM
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Jim, at the plumbing counter said,

"Plumbing can bring out the worst in people".

--184.53.x.xx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 6:06 PM
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Fred,

My plumber told me the city has their own video sewer camera which they should use to diagnose the problem. About 5 years ago, I had this same problem at another house and I ended up having to pay $750.00 for a new sewer tap.

Again, what I do tell my tenants? You can't flush the toilets for a week?

--68.63.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 6:09 PM
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What did you do at the other house? Was it vacant? What would you do if it was your own house? Limit flushing? Use a neighbors toliet? Stay with relatives? Can it be fixed faster than a week? I say something like "a family lives here, can this be done quicker?" --99.203.xx.xx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 6:14 PM
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There is a chance the problem is actually in the street,how far is the house from the street? if less than 75 feet he probably got all the way out in the street.Have the city check or go look in the man hole covers and you can see if the man hole is getting full or running like it should --72.231.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 6:18 PM
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Roy, the joint connecting your line to the main(larger diameter) is called a saddle. The holes cut in the main are not a precision cut. There are many possible problem points, broken/ loose fittings, obstructions in the main, other? but after 3 days straight, I too think it is time to check the cityís piping. --72.172.xxx.xx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 6:24 PM
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Plenty,

The other houses was vacant at the time, so no big deal there. Now, I have new tenants in the house and tomorrow I will have a talk with them and discuss options,...if there are any.

One suggestion my plumber made was to ask the city water dept to use their high-pressure water jet hose to try to blow out any debris (tree roots?) that may be clogging the connection at where my house drain pipe meets the city's drain line. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 6:25 PM
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Bring in a Porta- John. --184.53.x.xx




Major Plumbing Problem (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 6:27 PM
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That sounds like a crushed pipe --50.32.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 6:38 PM
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Sisco,

I am very familiar with the 'saddle' you mentioned. I took pictures the last time the city did a new sewer tap. Using a back-hoe, they dig down 6-8 feet under the street asphalt, plug the existing opening and then drill a new hole and run 10-20 feet of PVC pipe from the main line up into the yard. Takes about 2-3 hours. Just getting them out there can takes days though. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Homer [TX]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 6:39 PM
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My cities will come out within an hour of my call when I suspect the problem on their portion. Around here the cityís responsibilities are from 8 feet from the curb toward the house. For the night, go up to the Walmart and grab a camping toilet, and some chemicals to treat. --75.141.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Paulio [PA]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 6:58 PM
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75 feet of drain line backed up in 2 hours?? Thatís an awful lot of flushes in 2 hours! Iím thinking it canít just be sewage from only your place. Thatís got to include sewage coming back from the street or something. I had a sewer line clog in a 3-unit building for almost a week and it still never made it back up into the tubs. --50.32.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 7:16 PM
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This is the fixer-upper house that I bought last July and

it has been one plumbing nightmare after another. This is the house that has the garage apartment in the rear. Both are rented out now. The garage apartment sewage pipe goes about 30 feet to where it connects into the house sewage pipe and that pipe travels another 60-70 feet to where it connects to the city's pipe in the middle of the street. From the garage apartment to the street is approx. 90-100 feet. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by fred [CA]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 8:09 PM
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Temporarily, get a porta john, as RB[MI] siggested. --99.59.x.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 8:21 PM
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I had a line snaked that clogged again two days later. The guy came out again but said that sometimes old pipes get so full of "sludge" that snaking them is like snaking quicksand. It just fills up and needs to be hydrojetted. I didn't want to pay the $$$$ and decided to wait and see.

Sure enough, it clogged a couple of weeks later. This time I called the city and told them that sewage was backing up into my basement. They had a crew out within an hour. Unfortunately, they told me there was no issue on their side of the line.

As a last attempt before hydrojetting, I opted to buy a couple of gallons of super-strength drain cleaner (I think it had lye in it) that was guaranteed to work. I instructed the tenant to run hot water down the drain for ten minutes just before she went to bed, then pour the drain cleaner down and not flush anything overnight.

There was still a little backup the next day, but then the problem disappeared. So far so good.... --65.28.xxx.xx




Major Plumbing Problem (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 8:26 PM
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One option is to pull the cover off of the clean-out in the yard. Lowest point is where it will drain. Once you get it fixed then spread some lime on the yard and water it in. The tenants and/or the city may object but some times you gotta do what you gotta do. --50.26.xx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Smokowna [MD]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 8:55 PM
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Bring the plumber back out. As mentioned above, you can't just fill 75' of line that quickly.

It is very common for a main line to be plugged up then cleared, then for it to clog within a day or two weeks.

You say the lines are just six feet down....that is great. When they are deeper that scares me.

Run the snake again, clear the line again.

when ever possible, add a clean out in the yard. This way you can work outside and the snakes can be shorter and lighter. At that point it becomes an easy job. Working in the house is a hard job.

(You should of stayed in college....) --108.51.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 9:00 PM
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I have a lot of experience with this. Get a camera and tell the technician you want the video on DVD when done. That will tell the issue.

One of mine has small roots. The roots don't cause the clog, but if you flush a paper towel down, that DOES cause the clog. The snake removes the paper towel, but not the roots...because the roots just bend around the snake. The next paper towel that is flushed causes another clog.

I'm not suggesting you have the same issue...my point is that you don't know until you see the video.

What year was the house built? Before the 60s they mostly use clay tile around here...it's brittle and weeds/roots crack it and grow into the pipe. In the 60s around here most houses used Orangeburg pipe...which tends to crush/deform over time and eventually clogs. THe camera will show which type you have....that is another clue.

Good luck. --99.92.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 9:01 PM
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I have a lot of experience with this. Get a camera and tell the technician you want the video on DVD when done. That will tell the issue.

One of mine has small roots. The roots don't cause the clog, but if you flush a paper towel down, that DOES cause the clog. The snake removes the paper towel, but not the roots...because the roots just bend around the snake. The next paper towel that is flushed causes another clog.

I'm not suggesting you have the same issue...my point is that you don't know until you see the video.

What year was the house built? Before the 60s they mostly use clay tile around here...it's brittle and weeds/roots crack it and grow into the pipe. In the 60s around here most houses used Orangeburg pipe...which tends to crush/deform over time and eventually clogs. THe camera will show which type you have....that is another clue.

Good luck. --99.92.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 9:01 PM
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I have a lot of experience with this. Get a camera and tell the technician you want the video on DVD when done. That will tell the issue.

One of mine has small roots. The roots don't cause the clog, but if you flush a paper towel down, that DOES cause the clog. The snake removes the paper towel, but not the roots...because the roots just bend around the snake. The next paper towel that is flushed causes another clog.

I'm not suggesting you have the same issue...my point is that you don't know until you see the video.

What year was the house built? Before the 60s they mostly use clay tile around here...it's brittle and weeds/roots crack it and grow into the pipe. In the 60s around here most houses used Orangeburg pipe...which tends to crush/deform over time and eventually clogs. THe camera will show which type you have....that is another clue.

Good luck. --99.92.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by CX [WA]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 10:19 PM
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Camera. The good ones have a separate detector that they can walk over the ground above the line and closely locate where the camera is sitting at a problem spot, and also estimates the depth. Invaluable information to minimize time-consuming digging willy-nilly.

If the line has a sizeable break or hole or has become separated it can quickly fill in with soil, sand, rocks, etc. and keep clogging soon after snaking. Are there any depressions in the surface along its path? Or any areas where the greenery seems overly vigorous? --174.21.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2018 11:05 PM
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As a licensed plumbing contractor that's seen it all. Most plumbers can't or don't have the ability to conquer serious issues. I have up to 250' long 3/4" cables with 50 different snaking heads to cut away any obstruction. Also armed with sewer cameras I can watch as I cut and explore the sewer lines. You need a specialist to determine the cause of the obstruction then attack. --47.156.xx.xx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 3:08 AM
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Robert J,

This is a small town here. Most plumbers here can't afford to buy a sewer snake with a camera on the end. The few plumbers here that do have camera snakes, charge $350.00 to come and do a 'video analysis'.

My master plumber has 25 years of experience and has done all of the plumbing in my rentals for the last 10 years. When he says 'I can't do anymore here and I need you to contact the city's water dept."...usually that means a 'sewer tap' is needed and someone has to write a check for it. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 3:37 AM
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I appreciate all of the responses so far. At 8:00a.m. this morning, I will be talking with our city's water/sewer engineer about this problem. He is a nice guy that I have met many times before and I hope he can get this problem fixed sometime this week. Everything in this business is fixable, however, someone has to come forward and write a check for it. Guess who that is.

Again, this house was bought on July 25th and rehab started the following day. All incoming water lines (from the street and inside both houses were re-plumbed with PEX). The 60-day rehab on this house was completed on September 30th. My first tenants moved in early October and lived there for 60 days until the first drain clog issue started on Dec. 1st. (The garage apartment got rented on Dec. 1st also), so I now have two sources of sewage flowing down one pipe and 2 sets of pissed off tenants breathing down my neck. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 4:49 AM
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Two blocks from this house is a $50.00/night motel. I may be renting a room just for the bathroom facilities. Your thoughts here?

When it is 35 degrees outside, a Porta John is not a great option. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Susan [OH]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 5:32 AM
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I think folks are talking about getting a portable camping toilet, not a port-a-john. It will probably fit in your tenants; bathrooms, although with 2 units, you'll need to buy two-one for each unit.

You are proving my un-favorite saying-'THE LANDLORD ALWAYS PAYS" --76.189.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 5:39 AM
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Susan,

Yes, the LL does always pay, however, the rent from the tenants reimburses him or her. That is what I love about having tenants! The house rents for $675 and the garage apt. rents for $475,...that 'should' cover the cost of a sewer tap. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 5:39 AM
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Roy... everyone has told you what to do with the line. I'm going to tell you what I would do with the tenant.

My lease is clear: maintenance issues that makes the house partially unusable do NOT mean I'm obliged to rent a hotel for them. If I cannot correct the issues within 3 days, I will abate the daily rent after that until it is fixed. This is not an obligation on my part, but I do it anyway. "The right thing to do" in my mind, as so many here often say. It's documented in my policies and procedures.

In setting my policy, I asked myself what do professionals do? Let's say I rented a car from Hertz with some buddies to travel 200 miles to see a concert for which we each paid $500 for good seats. Car breaks down and we miss the concert. Bummer. Is Hertz going to reimburse us each $300 for our tickets? Are they obliged to call us an Uber and pay out a $600 round-trip ride fare?

Nope. They won't charge for me for the car, and they may comp me a day or two of free car rental. That's about is. Limit of liability is established in the contract. We signed that contract when we rented the car, agreeing to the limit.

Your lease (contract) should spell out what your obligations are. If it doesn't, develop them now and present it as your "Standard Policy." Add it to your lease going forward.

Good luck!

--173.20.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 5:41 AM
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All that, for that. --184.53.x.xx




Major Plumbing Problem (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 5:44 AM
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Roy we face this many times. If he's snaking it out 75 feet and it suddenly drains the connection called the TAP has failed. The line from the house to the city changes size from 6 to 8 or 10 inch. so either connection is broke or roots have infiltrated.

Roy I can only tell you how our water company handles this. WE get the digger man-- our expense-- he trenches down and then we call the water company man--- they will verify if it's our line or city line that has failed. If it's ours we pay for it. IF it's city they reimburse us our expenses. In 35 years we've only paid for one--- out of 25 or so failures. Take pictures and get names of the people you speak to at the water company.

Roy second piece of advise-- get er done ASAP this will not repair itself.

4 months ago I purchased my own camera for 350.00. 100 ft feed on it. If you have a friend at water company maybe they'll run the camera in for you?

--99.103.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 5:47 AM
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Maybe the vacant house took that long cause no one lived there. Explain a family lives here and request it done faster. Emergency service. Sounds like a small community can work together to do this quicker than the previous fix. You always seem to approach situations level headed and fair. It's embarrassing but how could you possibly know...you didn't cause the issue. Worked fine for a while. Assure tenants you'll fix it like it was your own home/resident. Maybe show up with donuts... just sayin --99.203.xx.xx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 6:05 AM
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It looks like the run to the street is longer than the plumbers 75 foot snake. I'll bet the problem is in the part beyond reach of his snake - the last 30 feet or so.

Why not have the plumber install a clean out in the yard about in the middle. This will allow plumber to completely reach both ends of the run.

Also have him install a backflow preventer valve on the mains by each house to prevent backup into the houses. --23.121.xx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by David [MI]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 8:34 AM
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The cities around here will have someone from water and sewer dept come out to check their side of the line, free of charge, 24/7, problem or no problem.

If there is a backup in my rental, and I call my plumber and also pre-emptively also have the city check their side. --198.135.xxx.xx




Major Plumbing Problem (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 10:09 AM
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any chance that the thirty foot run from the garage is all broken down and full of dirt and a flush from there reclogs the house pipe? I'm an intuitive not a plumber. --173.61.xxx.xx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 11:04 AM
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Thanks Sid for the information. I have not put that in my lease because this happens so seldom.

Right now someone from the water dept is checking the connection between my side and the city main line. One of the neighbors called me and told me they saw a water dept. truck parked in front of this house. (This is the reason I make friends with the neighbors when I do a rehab, they become my eyes and ears or spies if I need that).

Hopefully by this afternoon I will have an answer here. My tenants have not been calling me today so that may be that is a good sign.

Richard- My plumber will be installing a clean-out on Wednesday for the reason you mentioned. The garage apt. has its own clean-out but it empties into the down-stairs laundry room where there is a floor drain. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Opinionated [NC]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 6:32 PM
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75' of 4" line holds about 50 gallons. Doesn't take long to fill that. But if was flowing freely when the plumber left, the clog was cleared. How else did the line have any empty space?

If this line is excavated, install a backflow preventer. --66.44.xxx.xx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 3:16 AM
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Roy I had a backup in the basement of a 6 unit building that turned out to be an issue with the city's main line a block away. At this property I have a slop sink & a toilet in my storage area. The backup appeared first in my building because it was the lowest point of entry for the street. We discovered the cause by removing the city sewer manhole covers starting by my building. You might try looking in manholes to see which way the sewer flows & if there issue. --96.237.xx.xx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 4:23 AM
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Today I am hiring another plumber who will use a video camera snake to see the inside of my drain here. My own plumber recommended him. Yesterday, my city's water dept. inserted their video camera snake through a manhole in the street and said the main line was clear and the connection from my house to the main line is good and a sewer tap will not be needed. That was good news.

The saga continues on today. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 6:31 AM
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I chair our sewer authority that covers three communities. It is a none paid advisory position to help deal with regulatory and operational issues.

We have made a rule that your local sewer folks might also have that might help you out. The sewer authority is responsible for the mainline where the owner is responsible for the lateral - but we do have one exception to this rule. If the lateral is under a road or paved right of way, we will maintain that small segment.

The authority really doesn't want the property owner dealing with the state's DOT.

I am curious if your plumber had a root cutter on the end of the snake or just a standard head. It seems like you have roots in the line or the line was crushed. Is it near a driveway? --72.23.xxx.xx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Dave [MO]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 6:44 AM
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Roy, if you have roots in the line, it could be packed so tight the cutter will make a hole in the center of the roots and allow the sewer water to drain out then after your tenants shower and flush toilets it fills the drain line backs up into the tub. My thoughts are you will need to cut this section of drain out and replace with new and you should be good again.

--173.216.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by J [FL]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 6:53 AM
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I had the same exact problem (started backing up in the tub) several years ago. Also there had been prior warning signs -- deep holes forming in the front yard for no reason, but I didn't know what was causing that -- some people told me it was probably an animal doing that, so I ignored the holes. And then the back up happened and tenant called me.

I called the plumber and they put the camera down the line. It did turn out the problem was on the county's part of the sewer line, and they came and fixed it and then reimbursed me for the plumber's bill, and the hole in the yard problem ceased. --72.188.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 7:15 AM
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Dave,

Yes, my plumber's snake has a cutting head on it. I was not there when he snaked it (twice) so I did not get to see anything. I do know one thing,...there several old trees that have roots in the vicinity of the house drain pipe. And my house drain pipe is made of Cast Iron and that means it is probably corroded on the inside with rust build-up.

All of 75 year old galvanized water pipes inside the house had rust build-up and had to be removed and re-plumbed with PEX. Again, this house has been a plumbing nightmare. It a good thing I only paid $15K for this house. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 7:43 AM
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Cast iron does have a strange way of decaying on the inside. It creates what looks like a series of nettle like projections inside the pipe.

At $15,000 you will be alright.

I don't believe it would be wise to reline this pipe. You might need to bite the bullet and put in a new lateral. --72.23.xxx.xx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 8:08 AM
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Ray,

One of the things I learned about this house (after closing of course) is that it had sat vacant for 4 years. The down side here any water left in the cast iron pipes accelerated the rust build-up. I have seen this way too many times at other properties.

If the 60 ft. lateral needs replacing, I would like to wait (if possible) and do that job in the spring when the weather is decent. Hopefully just a patch job will work for the time being. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 8:08 AM
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Ray,

One of the things I learned about this house (after closing of course) is that it had sat vacant for 4 years. The down side here any water left in the cast iron pipes accelerated the rust build-up. I have seen this way too many times at other properties.

If the 60 ft. lateral needs replacing, I would like to wait (if possible) and do that job in the spring when the weather is decent. Hopefully just a patch job will work for the time being. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Major Plumbing Problem (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 5:55 PM
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Roy,you are funny you are in Alabama how undecent can the weather be? are you waiting for 110 and humidity? it is already frozen ground up here,i doubt we could even get a permit to tap right now --72.231.xxx.xxx



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