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Flood update

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Well...turns out there were more roots clogging the pipes. The camera showed them to us and yuck - what a terrible sight. So the guy roto-rooted and then got stuck and put the camera back in thinking the pipes must be broken but more roots. This happened 5 times and he told us he went out 80 feet. All the way to the city line. So he promises us we should be good for a year. And next time to call the city to ahve them clean out their pipes.

But it cost us a little over $1000.00. To fix the pipes so that the roots cannot filter into them will cost $10,000. All I can say is OMG.

Turns out the neighbour had the same issue.

Last night we had the electrician out so now all is well...YAY is all I can say

Still have to go through all the stuff but I will not worry about that for a while..

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    Oh, my what memories! I actually had to have my sewer pipe replaced a few years ago for $3500.00! The city was supposed to do their part and just putzed around and never did.
    I really think it has issues, as the city part keeps sinking.
    Better not mess up my new line!
    I do recall the back up in the basement and having to deal with the cleanup. Ugh
    Glad yours is good to go!.

    1652 days ago
    I was so glad to read the update and see that the pipes got cleaned out. My Mom bought her house in 1994 and it was about 50 yrs old then and when the first back up happened we realized it had the old clay pipes to the sewer line. She has to have them roto rooted every yr but so far no flooding (Thank God). I am so glad you got this taken care of. We want to build a basement with our new place, a root celler and a storm celler but we have to make sure the builder has had NO flooding on his stuff that he has built before.

    What a mess and I am so glad it is over for you now.
    1657 days ago
    All I can say is OMG. You are doing a great job of hanging in there and doing whatever needs to be done. I love your great attitude.
    1658 days ago
    when i had my pipes fixed, they gave me the option of rotoing the pipes twice a year at $500 a time plus that could go up over the years or replacing the pipe for $8000.
    replacing only once so the payoff would be after 8 years i would have paid the same as drilling out the tree roots. and no more worrying that the pipe might flood again if i forgot or tried to wait for the roto.
    1660 days ago
    My sister has the same problem. I used to have that problem, I had the tree removed. My Uncle has a backhoe and he came by and ripped out my beautiful Mayday tree. Then he replaced the line and I haven't had a problem since.

    Glad things are working out for you in the meantime.
    1660 days ago
    Aye Carumba! This has been a terrible time for you! YIKES! Hopefully though, you won't have to worry about it for the next little while, anyway.

    I agree with LiveDaily in that you should let the city know NOW what you've just been through so they are informed BEFORE it happens again. emoticon

    Take care. emoticon

    1660 days ago
    Glad you were able to get things taken care of.
    1660 days ago
  • DAS92687
    Angela emoticon
    Hoping you have a beautiful weekend - You deserve it !!
    I agree about calling the city now to let them know. Maybe there are some preventative measures they can take sooner rather than later. And there is a product called Root-X that is supposed to prevent this. I guess it will be good to have some on hand.
    1661 days ago
    its weird how roots can get in pipes... I do hope this doesn't happen again. emoticon
    1661 days ago
  • MISSY455
    My parents had that issue every November from the tree roots next door. I don't remember what the stuff was called, but there was something they got from the hardware store, that helped. You put it down the commode at night, once a month if I remember correctly.

    Inevitably every Thanksgiving week, if they hadn't had the drains snaked, the basement would flood. Yuk is the only word I can appropriately type.

    I hope you find a less costly solution!
    1661 days ago
    It's hard to understand how roots can get into the pipe without breaking the pipe...especially if you have that many.

    Glad all is clear now and you shouldn't have any more floods! emoticon
    1661 days ago
    That is aweful. Hope you have some good news for a change.
    1661 days ago
    Good grief!! That is terrible! And I agree with the city now!!! emoticon
    1661 days ago
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    I hereby make an entreaty to the Tree Fairy to please, please not make Andrea suffer any more with the whole clogged drain because of tree roots issue!!

    As an aside, I'd contact the city NOW and inform them of the problem instead of waiting. This way, you're covered.
    1661 days ago
    You have such a great attitude about all you are going through! I surely hope this is the end of your troubles! emoticon
    Love, Chelsea emoticon emoticon
    1661 days ago
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