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LV DIY 12-01-2011 10:46 AM

Sewer line with flat spots
I have a home built in 1959 with occasional backups in the sewer line after heavy use that I cannot clear with a hand held snake; the problem requires industrial clean out; last week the plummer ran a camera down the line and advised he saw a couple of flat spots in the line collecting water. Solution was to dig up and repair flat spots. Any alternatives?

jproffer 12-01-2011 11:36 AM

"Flat spots holding water" would have nothing to do with a drain clogging up.

There has to be something snagging the solids coming through the pipe.....roots breaking thru, etc.

How often do you have to have it "roto-rootered"?

TheEplumber 12-01-2011 11:32 PM

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Flat spots or bellies can clog a drain. A soft plug will develop over time. That's why you grade the pipe. There is no way to remove flat spots without excavation and even then there is no real guaranty. Personally, I'd live with it unless you have roots or other issues. It can be an awful spendy fix. You don't mention depth, length or soil type and they have a huge impact on the project cost. Maybe better to cable it every so often as preventative maintenance.

LV DIY 12-05-2011 01:33 PM

Requires professional attention about every 3 yrs; will be prudent and consider 1 to 2 yr maintenance and hope for best; property is in Las Vegas with hard ground surface. Thanks

ben's plumbing 12-05-2011 02:16 PM

agree with eplumber i have customers we snake out every 1-2 yrs there fine with that as to spending 5000.00 and up...every 3 yrs not to bad if it gets worse over time then think about getting bids....ben

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