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Looking for plumbing advice (trees breaching into our pipes through the cities connection)

Posted on 09/27/2012 4:17:45 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA

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Another option that may or may not apply, is to do the root-X treatments until the next time the city does sewer renovation in your street. Many municipalities are still separating storm sewers from sanitary sewers. Getting a new lateral done when they are tearing up the street at taxpayer expense can save you a fortune, if you can wait that long. We got lucky on a 3-unit we owned that had cracked clay pipe. Saved $$$ Thousands, we supplied the coffee and donuts gratis!


51 posted on 09/27/2012 5:22:39 PM PDT by pingman ("Human history seems logical in afterthought, but a mystery in forethought." (Strauss & Howe))
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To: Red in Blue PA

Your plumber is right the connection to the city main is yours!


52 posted on 09/27/2012 5:26:13 PM PDT by dalereed
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Forget that then, that’s the problem we had too and so just kept calling the plumber every couple years. You may not even want to try poisons.

Localities plan on doing major road repairs every 25 to 50 years.


53 posted on 09/27/2012 5:27:43 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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They were actually pumping in a concrete-type material that set afterwards; it was just as good as laying new pipe. Air pressure kept the sleeve inflated, then the sleeve was retracted as the last step. It went around a corner and everything.


54 posted on 09/27/2012 5:35:28 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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Thanks. I will try to find that.....sounds like a possible workaround.


55 posted on 09/27/2012 5:37:53 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Read SCOTUS Castle Rock vs Gonzales before dialing 911!)
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Sounds Like Lower Merion a Lotta Terra Cotta Drains


56 posted on 09/27/2012 5:43:57 PM PDT by philly-d-kidder (AB-Sheen"The truth is the truth if nobody believes it,a lie is still a lie, everybody believes it")
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In our city, I ran across a very similar situation where a customer had several places along the sewer line that roots were getting into. Here, the utility department maintains the tap and any sections of pipe that may be in the right of way, but they will sometimes go beyond the property line if there is a transistion in pipe materials from an older type to a newer type. Saves trouble down the road for the homeowner and the city. The rate at which roots grow, its best to just dig up the line and replace the cracked, or broken sections. Otherwise, it will happen again on a regular basis. In our case, they replaced a ten foot section of 6 inch concrete pipe that had a root in it that was 4” inches in diameter, and 12 feet long. Much too big for a rooter machine to cut out without damaging the pipe and sending chunks of wood and concrete further into the sewer main.
57 posted on 09/27/2012 5:55:48 PM PDT by backtobasics
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Pssssst When the arborist says he’s going to cut down your tree an grind the roots, he just means that he’ll grind them down to yard level. They do NOT go underground and remove all the roots. We learned that the hard way when we wanted to install a paved circle, rose bed, and fountain where 2 trees had stood. We ended up having to raise the pavers and the rose bed because we could not remove dirt — too many roots in the way. The arborist came back twice, but we still had roots the size of my thigh left behind.


58 posted on 09/27/2012 7:11:58 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
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A plumber told me recently to flush a box of salt every month. It kills roots growing in the line.


59 posted on 09/27/2012 7:32:29 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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Went through the same situation about 30 years ago with my business in South Bend, IN. We had to repair the pipes on our property, but the City was responsible for the hook-up to the sewer pipe in the middle of the street.

It was very interesting, because the Sewer Pipe was actually a wooden stave water pipe that had been installed circa 1890. The pipe was in excellent shape, so the City had to look-up the directions to hook-on (needed hot tar), and find an old Cooper that knew how to do it.

Thanks for bring that memory back for me, and good luck ............................................. FRegards

60 posted on 09/27/2012 11:21:07 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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