As you may remember, we had some sewer drama a couple of weeks ago. After discovering that our sewer lateral pipe (the one that connects our house to the city’s main sewer line under the street) was damaged, we had a company called EcoClean come take a video of the inside of the pipe. The findings were not promising: the pipe was not only broken but clogged really badly with dirt and rocks. Their estimate to replace the pipe: $7,800.
Ok. What about a second opinion? Ben, our builder, has worked with a guy named George before for excavation and sewer jobs, so we got George out to give his best guess. After viewing the video we had commissioned by EcoClean, he said the best-case scenario was that we could get away with a pipe relining and pay only $2,200. The worst-case would be tearing up the street and laying a new pipe, which would run $5,100. He was pretty darn sure that the relining would do it though.
Well, today George’s guys came, saw, and fled. After attempting to “Jet Clean” the pipe and run a tool to clear the blockage, further camera work showed that not only is the pipe clogged and damaged, there is almost no tile left along the bottom surface of the pipe. Meaning that for x number of years/decades, waste from 58 Turner Street has been flowing into the ground and who knows where! Hopefully not back into our basement! Gross!
So, indeed, we are faced with a giant expense. We are forced to pay out money that we had earmarked not only for fun and necessary things like kitchen cabinets and countertops, stair treads, paint, rugs, siding, etc, but for the real and mounting bills we have amassed with our builder for change orders and contingencies. A small tragedy, the likes of which we have come to expect along this journey.