I am brand new here and i think i am going to enjoy this place a lot. it looks great.
I have searched, but not found what i am looking for.
I have a broken sewer pipe ( house lateral i think is the term)
It is the red ceramic type, possibly 100 yrs old.
Goes to a city sewer.
The break is total. Upon digging I found ragged end of pipe, where sewage comes out, and have not yet found the downstream part of the break. pipe just "isnt there".
(only looked about 1',18" )There has been No evidence of trouble until quite recently. The open edge in fact seems to be pointing up somewhat...
I'm thinking, frost heaves?
Anyway, I am hoping to be able to expose all of the crushed/missing section, and "upstream" untill i hit solid pipe and the repair it by replacing a section with pvc using some sort of rubber connector.
Is this right?
I could do this myself, i believe, IF I can find solid pipe within a few feet of the break.
I have a few questions.
First of all, Is this realistic thinking? How likely am I to find a lot more of the pipe is crumbly?
Secondly, the line is only maybe two feet below surface at the break. Is there something that pushes pipes up over the years? If the whole pipe is that shallow, i dont understand why it wouldnt
have frozen/cracked before... also, how steeply do these things run? It broke like 20 ft from house and 40' from where it hits the main line.
The break is Very near the sidewalk. Under the sidewalk, it belongs to the city. Does anyone knows what the deal is, if It needs some pipe replaced that is partly mine/partly cities?
I hope this is understandable. I could really use some feedback.
Thanks in advance,