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      Avatar photoMasterPlumbers

        We purchased our home
        3 years ago, not
        knowing we shared a
        main sewer line with
        the neighbor next
        door. The main sewer
        line runs through our
        side yard. Their
        house backed
        up…after much
        discussion (not all
        nice) the neighbor
        got off of the line
        and now has his own.
        Our problem now is
        that there are three
        huge root balls left
        in the main sewer
        line which belongs
        solely to us now.
        What would be the
        best way to attack
        this problem and I
        would think our
        neighbor would be
        responsible for this
        problem also. HIS
        tree is causing the
        root ball problem.

      • #298724
        Avatar photoSylvanLMP

          Video the sewer pipe find out WHERE the roots came in Use a locator to pin point ths defect. Have the line Rodded and then replace the bad section.

          Ta Dum

        • #298725
          Avatar photohj

            The long term solution may be to replace the sewer. If roots have penetrated in three spots, there certainly many other places where they have gotten a start also. These other locations will eventually become their own “root balls”. And until someone devises a way to tell trees to keep their roots and leaves on their own property, it is solely your problem. And even if the neighbor cut down the tree tomorrow, it would still be your problem 20 years from now.

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