Main sewer line

june58October 25, 2011

My main sewer line has become restricted with a hard build-up. I had a plumber run a camera through it. They want to dig up a 3x4 area of my yard to get to the pipe. This will cost at least $3000.00

Can`t this be done from the clean out in the basement? Could I rent a machine to do this myself ? If so what happens to th gunk thats inside the pipe ? I really can`t afford this right now. Thank you.

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randy427

I'd rent a power snake, access the main drain from the basement clean-out, and extend it from there to the sewer connection.
By using the right size snake and cutter head and running it in and out slowly multiple times, you should end up with a much better flowing drain. Having a tub faucet on, and the tub drain unplugged, while doing this should provide enough flow to rinse the debris to the sewer. (If you have a septic tank, it will go there and wait for the tank to be pumped out.)

    Bookmark   October 28, 2011 at 9:27PM
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lazypup

Call your local drain cleaning companies and see if any of them do hydroblasting.

They run a high pressure hose in the drain that has a special head to pressure wash the line. It is the most effective way to get caked buildup gunk off out of the line.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2011 at 4:04AM
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brickeyee

You should also be aware that buildups are often at a 'belly' in the line (a dip) where it does not drain completely.

The solids settle out and can eventually harden to block the line.

Even if you clear the line, if it has a belly the problem will return

    Bookmark   October 29, 2011 at 10:19AM
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