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Old 05-18-2019, 08:23 PM   #1
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Was backing up in the basement. I have a septic pump scheduled for next week which I thought was the problem. (been 5 years so it's due)

I auger with the spring attachment. Water goes down albeit slow. I take quick shower. Backs up again. So this time I use the fork attachment.

Bear in mind this is not a professional auger just about 50 ft or more of cable. Have my wife run the cordless drill on the other end while I feed. It gets stuck and cable starts twisting up. Tried reversing drill. Tried pulling. This SOB stuck good. Wife convinces me to cut cable with about 6 feet past the clean out. Reluctantly I do. Tried reversing drill again....I"m screwed....or so I think

I retrieve long heavy duty ratchet strap hook it to truck a start ratcheting. She watches through basement window because we don't know what to expect. Whole assembly gets very tight. I know it's moving...but the ratchet strap is too hard to crank. So I slowly back up truck....The resistance breaks. I loosen strap go in a pull the rest by hand.......out comes a rootwad the size of a small animal along with the usual pleasantries.

I hope like hell I got it all. I'll definitely use a root treatment after the tank is pumped. That tree has to go. it was there when I bought the house. I always hated it....now I know why.

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Old 05-18-2019, 08:44 PM   #2
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yeah I know I should have called a pro. They'd get their camera stuck ha ha and try to sell me one of those new trenchless systems for $4000 or more
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Ours was backing up a couple years ago and we had it jetted. Fixed it.

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Ours was backing up a couple years ago and we had it jetted. Fixed it.

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We suffered for a couple months of slow drains until it got to pretty much no drain.

Called in the septic company and we had two lines completely silted in. They cleared those, but one was filled with laurel tree roots so it couldn't be saved.

1,400 bucks, but it is working really well on just two lines.

Haven't tried root juice, but probably should just in case.

Laurel trees are like weeds. They spread wherever the branch touches the ground.

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What do you have?

Is it that slip fit sewer pipe, I think it's called SDR??
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Rent a Root Cutter for the size pipe you have, 10 min and it's done, treat the pipe with Foaming Root Killer or Roebic Laboratories K-77 Root Killer (this stuff make sure you can use in your state but it safe for septic tanks)
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First time I’ve seen “sewer” and “nice” in the same sentence. I do ‘t think they belong in the same sentence!


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I have a sewer auger with 75' of cable and various cutting attachments, and it's heavy. Figured if I bought it, I'd never have to use it.

I was right.
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yeah I know I should have called a pro. They'd get their camera stuck ha ha and try to sell me one of those new trenchless systems for $4000 or more
You ....have .... no ... idea.

My place: When the line from house to 1st tank got root bound, guy said I needed new field.

So I fired him. Hire new guy. "Someone" had ratted me out. So when new guy came, county showed up and said "no no, you must have a new field, and it must be an elevated field."

$18,500. Thank you Lapeer County.

All the turds (pun) that ran that gubmint outfit have since been fired.

PS: I was living down there in your neck of the woods at the time. Let me just say, I was mildly upset.
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Well that is something you don't read every day.

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