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Old 02-04-2016, 06:15 PM   #1
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we have a sewer clog and while we are figuring out how to fix it, it is backing up into floor drain...the problem we can't figure out is that when it backs up through floor drain it also seeps through small cracks in foundation (old house) at opposite side of basement...does this mean there is a crack somewhere in pipe and is leaking under house?
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Need to snake the main line leading away from the house. There should be a clean out for snake entry just prior to exiting thru the wall.

Do you have a septic tank or municipal sewer?
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Could be lot's of things.
"Old pipes" could be , cast iron, orange burge pipes.
Roots growing into the drains?
Time to call in a real plumber and have them snake the the drains a run a camera down the lines to see what's going on.
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old terracotta pipe when clogged leaked ..have line snaked out and camera run to inspect it..
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If your house is like mine the sewer line also picks up the water from the weeping tiles. If the main line is blocked the water will also back up and fill all the tiles around the outside of your foundation. Any weak spots in the foundation will let the water in.
Care guess how I know about this.
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It is an old house and does not have weeping tiles...we had it scoped once and though they mentioned blockage and tried to clear it (mortar debris) unsuccessfully they never mentioned a crack in the line and do not seem to want to answer my questions as to why it is leaking on far corner only tells me I need a weeping tile expert....we are at a loss as to whether to try more things to unclog line (a chain knocker was suggested) or take our losses (have spent about $500 so far) and dig up line.
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tried to clear it (mortar debris) unsuccessfully
I guess that means dig it.
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was afraid of that !!
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for the most part you own the sewer line out to the street where it ties into the spur on the municipal sewer line...
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for the most part you own the sewer line out to the street where it ties into the spur on the municipal sewer line...
Depends on the town. In my city we only to deal with to the property edge. The city takes care of the rest from the line to the sewer.
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Contact your local sewer authroity and find out exactly what you are responsible for and when the become responsible. I have seen up house to test tee home owner, and also house to sewer tie in under street home owner. Street repair on your bill.
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