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Old 07-09-2011, 10:38 AM   #16
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Alright so had a second bid/opinion today. Camera through lines inside under the basement. I watched again. Very little bellying. Camera was never completely underwater as the last time. Hmmmm... Plumber today said that given the age of the house, he is impressed with the condition of the lines. He firmly stated that nothing needs to be done inside. Nothing.
The line from the house trap to the outside main did have some root infiltrations. I have 80 feet from the house to the main, and the first 40 was where the roots were. It was almost completely clear the last 40 feet.

He gave me options:
1) Do nothing. At some point I would have to have them jetted again, and at some point will have to do something.
2) Jet with blasting away the root infiltration. He said this would work, buy more time but roots have known to infiltrate at a faster rate afterwards (which makes sense)
3) Jet and root removal as above, following with adding an acrylic liner. Showed me a sample of the liner, and it's pretty cool I must say.

For option 3, the cost is $7600. That's a little more than "pipe bursting" all 80 feet from the quote the previous day.

This guy was a true professional today. I felt absolutely no pressure. He even would not accept any money for the camera view or the time he spent here with me (which was over an hour).

So my question, does the liner sound like a good option?? and does that price sound reasonable??

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Old 07-09-2011, 11:40 AM   #17
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Sooner or later, your line will need to be repaired. A liner is the least intrusive method. He'll be in and out in a long day. The price does sound good too.
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Thanks EPlumber for the reassurance. And thanks for all of your helpful reply's
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:43 PM   #19
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Ok, another bid/estimate. This one says the roots in the pipes outside "aren't all that bad." He says cleaning out the roots and using some root chemicals might be all I need. He will have his boss write up an estimate though for the pipe bursting, the pipe liner, or just cleaning them out. He seems to think the first two options will run roughly around $6 K.
Now I'm really confused! First opinion was to rip out everything, inside and out. Second was only 40 feet of outside line need lined, and third was "just clear out the roots".
What to do???
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Perhaps ask the 2nd what kind of guarantee and time period of coverage is provided if their first fix doesn't work and you've the same problem again.
Might ask what step 2 would be at that point and cost estimate.
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IMO- jet(water lazer) the roots out, camera next year. Save money in the bank cuz the line will need further repair at some time.
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Ok, another bid/estimate. This one says the roots in the pipes outside "aren't all that bad." He says cleaning out the roots and using some root chemicals might be all I need.
Funny I Said something similar to that without even lookin' at the job.

I'd say depending on his estimate, clean the roots, use the root chemical and see how long it lasts before you need to do something drastic.

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Old 07-12-2011, 05:46 AM   #23
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I think I'm going to go ahead and just have it all cleaned out for now. I know something will eventually need to be done. I guess in a year or so I'll have another camera sent down to see how things are holding up and go from there. Thanks again!

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