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Thread: Sewer Line Woes!

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    Default Sewer Line Woes!

    Roto Rooter used a comera and located the sewer line break in my slab foundation at approximately 16 ft.

    All of the toilets, lavatories, tubs, showers, etc. on the "opposite" side of the house work fine. I am told they are 'downstream' and go on out the sewer line properly.

    I was quoted $5500 to tunnel 20 ft and $275 per ft if required and $1500 up to 3 ft (I don't really understand that) to repair through the slab.

    I have searched some of the underground leak repair methods and remain somewhat puzzled.

    I hope some of you 'old timers' and pros will give me some advice as to the best methods to repair a cast irom sewer line in a slab foundation.

    Thanks in advance.


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    Plumbing Designer FloridaOrange's Avatar
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    Dec 2005
    SW Florida


    I would get a quote from two other contractor's then choose one of them. Rotor Rooter's prices seem way out of line. Maybe they're better in your neck of the woods but they suck around here.
    Semi-professional plumbing designer
    Enjoying life in SW Florida

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    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
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    Sep 2004
    Yakima WA


    I hesitate to come down on all Roto Rooters, it's a franchise, and it will be as good or bad as the individual owner, but on a major job like this, it is always a good idea to get at least 3 estimates anyway. Keep in mind that there is always the chance that something unforeseeable may come up in the middle of the job, but that's life. I'm sure you realize that this is a labor intensive job, so it will be fairly costly.


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