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Machine suggestions for roots in sewer line

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by glennv, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Jan 21, 2011 at 7:18 AM
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    glennv

    glennv [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I get roots about once a year between the basement clean-out and the front yard trap. They are breaking through about 10-15 ft from the basement clean-out so it's not a long stretch. I was thinking about getting an electric drain auger but was wondering if it's worth the trouble. From what I've read I'll need a min of 1/2 snake. It's a 4" line. Some say they get by with a 3/8". Could i get by with a 3/8 since I'm only running the line less than 20 feet? I was thinking of running the blade through three times a year before the roots cause a clog.

    Anyone have any thoughts on this? Are the sub $500 machines not worth the BS?
     
  2. Jan 21, 2011 at 7:24 AM
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    macgyver

    macgyver Well-Known Member

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    The long term solution would be to get someone to resleeve the pipe or dig the pipe up and replace it.

    Why not rent one instead of buying it?

    I know someone who has them same problem, she gets a plumber to do it for her twice a year. She said its not that expensive.
     
  3. Jan 21, 2011 at 3:41 PM
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    MY_SUV

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    I had to hire someone to clean out my pipes from root invasion about once a year. Finally the guy told me, "if you dump a cup of rock salt in your toilet every flush in the spring, you will never have this trouble again."

    So, in the Spring, I bought a small bag of rock salt like you would use to make home made ice cream and dumped a cup or so in every flush until the bag of salt was used up. Lived in that house another three years with never a problem.
     
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