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Old 05-18-2010, 05:21 PM   #1
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I just bought a house and my inspector suggested that I get the main line cleaned out before I move in... for hygienic purposes (there are no issues with the pipes).

I called Roto-Rooter this morning to schedule this service and they wouldn't tell me how much it would cost... just that a plumber would give me an obligation-free quote at the time of service. Because of this policy, I'm a bit scared. I scheduled it anyway and figured that I'll just decline service if the price isn't good.

The problem:This is my first house and I don't have the slightest clue about what is going to be done and how much it should cost me.

2 story home, 2 1/2 baths, residential street

Can anyone out there give a girl some suggestions?

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Old 05-18-2010, 05:33 PM   #2
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I never heard of rodding the main line for hygienic purposes--How old is the house?

I believe that if something isn't broken--why fix it?

Is there any reason to suspect some pending problem?

If not --put the money back in the bank and save it for a real problem.---Mike---
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:36 PM   #3
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they wouldn't tell me how much it would cost... just that a plumber would give me an obligation-free quote at the time of service.
http://www.costhelper.com/cost/home-...in-toilet.html

I would ask your local Board of Health about the inspector's remarks. Sounds weird to me. Is your place unfit for human habitation?

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Since this isn't a DIY topic its been moved
Why would you want work performed that might not be needed
2 houses in 14 years I've never needed a line cleaned out
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Old 05-18-2010, 06:58 PM   #5
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so, did the disclosure form you got at closing say there were any problems with the septic system? If not, I would not be calling roto rooter for anything until something shows up. Then you would want to get a lot of documentation as to the problem as you quite possibly would have a claim against the sellers for a failure to disclose a known deficiency.


if there is a problem listed on the disclosure; why didn't you address is before closing?


Sounds like Mr inspector and Mr sewer cleaner are running a scam to me.

btw: I don't care how many times he runs an auger through the lines, they are not going to be "hygienic". They will still have plenty of "stuff" that will not get scraped off the inside of the pipes.
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Was the house inspector merely trying to cover his a__ by this suggestion? Then, if in fact there should be a problem, he can claim that he did recommend that the sewer line would be looked at!
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Was the house inspector merely trying to cover his a__ by this suggestion? Then, if in fact there should be a problem, he can claim that he did recommend that the sewer line would be looked at!
Yes, it's a win-win for him, since he is not paying for unnecessary cleanings.

But what is the countermove to these types of recommendations from someone who does not have to pay for them?

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Could he have been talking about the water supply lines?
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. This is more helpful information than I could ask for!

In my inspection report, there was a suggestion to 'clean main waste line to street'. There were no smells or back up noted, or any other issues with the plumbing.

The house is completely livable and has not been vacant since it was built in the 50's.

I gave my inspector a call this morning after I read everyone's posts and left a voicemail. I'm going ask him to clarify the reasoning behind cleaning out the main waste line and why he suggested it for cleaning purposes.

Also- I haven't closed on the house yet (June 1st), so if there are any issues that arise, I'll be sure to get them cleared up as much as possible.

Thanks again for all of your input!
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I agree with those who declare some malarky.

Sewage goes into your sewer pipe - it only needs to be 'cleaned' if it gets clogged.

The main line is usually the most free of problems since it's the largest and all water flows through it - toilet flushes and showers, etc, force out *stuff*

The pipe that tends to be disgusting is the kitchen sink pipe - it's usually 1-1/2" and the sides are caked with grease, food and who knows what else.

do you have a septic tanks (I'm presuming you don't) but if you do I suggest you get it pumped, cleaned and inspected (done all at the same time)

other than that - the only thing you should have checked out is the stability of your pipes to make sure they aren't leaking - or held together with duct tape
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Old 05-19-2010, 03:12 PM   #11
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It could be the guy is overly concerned about cleanliness so he's not really lying. He really believes that all these pipes should be cleaned once per day/week/month/year. In which case he may come up with rational-sounding reasons for his statement.

http://www.cdc.gov/
may have opinions or facts on this.

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