When To Do Your Own Plumbing
It's one of the last things you want to see as a homeowner. You flush the toilet before you leave for work and everything comes back up. You have the plumber come out and clean your line only to have water come out of the base of the toilet a week later from the washing machine. Your sewer main line has been invaded by roots, cracked or whatever and now you have to do something about it.
Sewer Main Repair Costs
The thought to repair my house's sewer main line myself came when I asked the Baton Rouge area Rotorooter to estimate the cost of repairing the main line. Minimum cost was $2500 to come out and replace it. Now I know for a fact I saw my father perform this unpleasent operation using $80 in 4" PVC pipe, a trencher and a case of beer back when I was a kid. Time to call up my dad and see if we can't do it ourself. We knew where the sewer pipe came out in the back of the house.
Equipment Needed To Change A Sewer Main
First off you need to call the department of public works to survey your property and mark off the major utility lines. Damaging these incurs a fine. Second you likely need some sort of digging equipment such as a trencher or in our case a small excavator. You'll also need replacement 4" PVC pipe or a better version of whatever was used, a hacksaw, pipe glue and perhaps some clamps. You might also grab a Y fitting to install a clean out if you don't have one.(I didn't have one) A couple of sharpshooter shovels come in handy. Also a good number for people to work in this little project would be 3.