We've had a certain rooter company out twice in the past week to get rid of some blockage. They claimed not to be able to pass a 4" blade all the way through (had to step down to 3" due to a blockage somewhere underneath the driveway, about halfway to the main line). So we went to the camera, and found that it got stopped by a nest of roots. Whether this was THE blockage, we don't know....that's as far as it would go though. The prognosis is not good though, as they suggested the only solution is to replace the clay pipe from the point of blockage out to the main line. With that would come an approximately $2000 pricetag.
We're just not sure how to proceed from here. Would you....
-Take the estimate given and give the green light?
-Call other plumbers for an estimate? Would they do a free estimate or should we expect a fee? (We can only describe what the rooter man has told us and show them the video of the pipe.)
-Call other plumbers to see if they can free the blockage? Or is it the type of deal where if one guy can't get the pipe "clean"--it likely can't be done?
(I can fill in with plenty more details, if needed, just didn't want the first post to turn into a book.)
Thanks in advance.....