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Old 11-21-2011, 10:30 PM   #1
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Our house was built in 1965. We have cement and clay pipe from the foundation to the public sewer system. Unfortunately, where the sewer line meets the foundation the pipe keeps getting filled with tree roots and waste water backs up into our basement. We have put a camera in the pipe and seems to be little problem other than tree roots. Would a sleeve or liner take care of this problem or should the line be replaced? Don't want to waste my money!


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Liners are pretty cool and it sounds like it would work in your case. A spot repair might too if the pipe is accessible. With a clean out installed with the spot repair, you can scrub or cable the line in the future. Since I can't see the video, here's your basic options:
1. Replace to the city stub by conventional excavation- huge impact on yard and landscape
2. Burst a new poly line through the existing line- minimal impact, greater cost. Can't have low spots or bellies in the line
3. Pipe liner- minimal impact- greatest cost. Can't have any existing low spots in the line. Line all or part of the existing line
4. Spot repair- assumes that the line and joints for the most part are good and the roots are at the building drain connection only. A clean out is also installed for future maintenance.

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How about root killer every few months?
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Our neighborhood built in about '63, also has tile(terra cotta) sewer connections. Several have had to replace them, many for tree roots. That line is about 13' down for many and expensive. I do use copper sulfate crystals twice a year, and do lave lots of trees. Lucky so far.
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Our neighborhood built in about '63, also has tile(terra cotta) sewer connections. Several have had to replace them, many for tree roots. That line is about 13' down for many and expensive. I do use copper sulfate crystals twice a year, and do lave lots of trees. Lucky so far.
root-x (not rooto) the foaming root killer is 100 times better than copper sulfate. you might have to buy it from a plumber. P.S. most crock lines from the pre-70's have roots if the pipe is not broken or has doesn't have any low spots it just needs annual maintenance

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Our house was built in 1965. We have cement and clay pipe from the foundation to the public sewer system. Unfortunately, where the sewer line meets the foundation the pipe keeps getting filled with tree roots and waste water backs up into our basement. We have put a camera in the pipe and seems to be little problem other than tree roots. Would a sleeve or liner take care of this problem or should the line be replaced? Don't want to waste my money!
TheEplumber pretty much summed it up in his post. It will depend on what gives you the most peace of mind and what you can afford. Do you want to deal with regular maintenance? Snaking, chemicals, root killers, etc.? Or do you want to rest assured knowing you're not going to experience back-ups at the least convenient times? Most importantly though, you need to get several bids and/or opinions from local professionals. Do some homework. Get referrals from friends, neighbors, bbb, etc.

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