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ROOTS vs. PLUMBER

Posted On: November 24, 2009 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

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What began as a typical mainline blockage turned into a much larger problem. This line was supposedly replaced not too long ago but as I found out yesterday, it’s original to the house. I really hope the customer wasn’t taken advantage of by a unsavory plumbing company. After clearing the line the cable was being retrieved when it got stuck under the street out front. Luckily, I was able to enlist help from another local plumber and his son/helper to get the line pulled back to within 35 feet of the house. It became bound up one more time and now it wasn’t going to cooperate. We had to dig up the line in order to remove the roots from the cutter head in order to remove the cable. A temporary repair was done to save the customer some money since the entire line needs replacement. What was thought to be relatively new ABS plastic pipe turned out to be 30+ year old clay with root impactions at multiple spots. Every day is an adventure.

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